Google Insists That Apple’s Patents Should Be Standards Because They Are Popular WIth Consumers

Posted Jul 23, 2012

Google’s General Counsel Kent Walker has written a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this month that said Apple’s inventions should become standards because they have become popular with consumers.  Google is essentially arguing that because Apple created something that everyone likes, they should be able to replicate features without being sued.

Here is what John Paczkowski of AllThingsD had to say about it:

“In other words, Google?s view is that just as there are patents that are standards essential, there are also patents that are commercially essential ? patents that cover features that are so popular as to have become ubiquitous. The latter are just as ripe for abuse as the former, and withholding them is just as harmful to consumers and the competitive marketplace. Viewed through that lens, multitouch technology or slide-to-unlock might be treated the same way as an industry standard patent on, say, a smartphone radio.”

Apple’s lawyer Bruce Sewell believed that Google’s argument is moot.  Here is a portion of the letter he sent in response:

“The capabilities of an iPhone are categorically different from a conventional phone, and result from Apple?s ability to bring its traditional innovation in computing to the mobile market. Using an iPhone to take photos, manage a home-finance spreadsheet, play video games, or run countless other applications has nothing to do with standardized protocols. Apple spent billions in research and development to create the iPhone, and third party software developers have spent billions more to develop applications that run on it.”