The Google Nexus 7 arrived in Korea on Thursday. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was there for the event and he talked a bit about patents and the company’s rivalries given that Google’s biggest partner Samsung is based in the country.
“Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad,” said Schmidt. “We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right side of these issues. So ultimately Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars.”
He added “I think one of the worst things that happened in the last few years has been the belief that somehow there are so many patents in the mobile phone world, an estimated 200,000 patent that are overlapping and complicated and so forth, that one vendor can stop the sale of another vendor?s phones or devices.”
However Schmit said that Apple is “a very good partner” for Google. He said that the two companies are talking all the time “about everything.”
Schmidt met with Samsung executives during his trip. He said that Samsung is ?one of our most important customers and there is much to discuss.? Samsung is Android’s largest vendor. A judge in California ordered that Samsung will need to pay Apple over $1 billion in patent infringement damages.