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Google chairman: 'These patent wars are death'

October 11, 2012: 6:23 AM ET

Quotations from Eric Schmidt on Maps, Microsoft and the Apple-Android platform war

Schmidt. Photo: AllThingsD

FORTUNE -- If nothing else, Google (GOOG) Chairman -- and former Apple (AAPL) board member -- knows how to deliver a good sound bite. Judging from the reporting of AllThingsD's Peter Kafka and Liz Gannes, he rattled off a bumper crop Wednesday night at the 92nd Street Y. A sample:

  • "The Android-Apple platform fight is the defining fight in the industry today."
  • "Microsoft is a well-run company, but they don't make state-of-the-art products."
  • "We're trying to solve material problems in the world. Judge us by our solutions."
  • "It's really an error that we [i.e. humans] are allowed to drive the car."
  • "Apple decided a long time ago to do their own maps … [now they've] discovered that maps are really hard."
  • "Apple should have kept with our maps."
  • "I can't talk about [standards-essential patents] because I don't know the details and because it actually just gets me too upset."
  • "These patent wars are death."
  • "I was on Apple's board, and I'll always have a soft spot for them."

Asked which company he'd most like to be CEO of, Schmidt answered Apple, because they have the most cash.

Want more? Kafka was live blogging here. Gannes was collecting the juicy bits here. For other reporters, see here.

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