Cook: Apple Hates Litigation But Others Need to ‘Invent Their Own Stuff’

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Apple’s leadership “hates litigation” and would be open to a fair settlement in the ongoing patent wars between Apple and its competitors. At the same time, however, Apple CEO Tim Cook stressed that other companies need to “invent their own stuff.” The comments came during Apple’s second quarter conference call with analysts on Tuesday.

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook

When asked by an analyst whether a time would come when Apple would rather put all the patent litigation behind it and instead focus on out-innovating the competition, Mr. Cook replied that he “hates litigation” and would prefer to find a fair settlement from which the company can move on.

Mr. Cook warned, however, that it would have to be an agreement that acts to avoid patent violations in the future. “Apple can’t be the developer for the world,” Mr. Cook said.

The statements by Mr. Cook further reinforce the notion that Apple, under his leadership, is far more likely to settle its ongoing patent litigation, especially that involving alleged infringement by Google’s Android platform, than when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs ran the company.

Mr. Jobs famously said that he would “destroy” Google’s Android software for what he perceived was the wholesale theft of Apple’s technology.

Apple is involved in a number of patent suits throughout the world, with the most focus having been on Apple supplier Samsung. Apple has accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying Apple’s design with some of its Galaxy-branded Android devices, and the two have suits in Europe, Korean, and the U.S.

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13 Comments Leave Your Own

Lee Dronick

Steady, steady, wait for it.

mrmwebmax

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Steady, steady, wait for it.

A-li-ens. Ho…SNAP!

Umnn, even if that’s not what Lee meant, I still think it’s funny….

RedWingsFan

Dang, then it looks like Apple’s got a heck of a lot of patent lawsuits to talk about settling.

Lee Dronick

Thar she blows!

John Dingler

I dunno….Does Cook sound wossy-mushy? I just hope that this new-found Apple softness—which is a radical departure—does not predict the beginning of Apple’s decline.

(Had to refresh CAPTCHA approx. 23 times to get to one that I could decipher)

furbies

Is it just me, or does the “head shot” of Tim Cook used above remind anyone else of Mr. Data trying to smile ?

Lee Dronick

I dunno….Does Cook sound wossy-mushy? I just hope that this new-foundApple softness—which is a radical departure—does not predict the beginning of Apple’s decline.

I hope not. He could be walking softly while carrying a big stick.

Pio

When asked by an analyst whether a time would come when Apple would rather put all the patent litigation behind it and instead focus on out-innovating the competition…

How silly is that analyst? Apple out-innovates all the time but as the “competition” copies, they are not that far behind. Litigatin allows to put a brake on the “innovation” (read “copying”) of the competition

albatross

(Had to refresh CAPTCHA approx. 23 times to get to one that I could decipher)

I dream of a world where CAPTCHA is readable, or better yet, gone.

Lee Dronick

I dream of a world where CAPTCHA is readable, or better yet, gone.

Or the need for it to be gone. But yeah, sometimes they can be very difficult to read.

albatross

Or the need for it to be gone. But yeah, sometimes they can be very difficult to read.

I meant the crappy way it’s implemented, not the need for it.  I appreciate that, but there has to be a better way.

Lee Dronick

I have seen some alternatives, multiple choice questions, identifing an object, basic math questions, but the jerkbots always seem to eventually find a way through.

Lee Dronick

Albatross, and others, see this story about some alternatives http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=1836

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