Google is currently facing multiple patent battles as the amount of litigation against the popular Android OS continues to grow. Google’s Eric Schmidt says that he’s not too worried about the litigation, but at least one person on the Google legal team seems to be bothered by the litigation. At the same time Larry Page, Google CEO, insists that the patent situation isn’t critical.
As of now, there are six different legal complaints field against Android and Google General Counsel Kent Walker thinks that the legal battle is hurting consumers and leaving Google to “sort through the mess.” Walker also noted that Google is exploring a variety of things as it works through all the litigation.
Walker also thinks that software patents are “gumming up the works of innovation.” Other firms fighting against Google think that the search giant has issues with patents in the tech world because it is new to the market and has little patents of its own reports Bloomberg. Google owns 768 patents according to Bloomberg, and most of them are for search tech. By comparison, Microsoft has over 18,000 patents and Apple has over 4,000. Some Google competitors feel that Android has become popular on the back of work done by others that have been in the market longer.[via Bloomberg]