Google seeks a ban on iPhone, iPad, and Mac imports
I’ve already made my opinion on frivolous patent lawsuits well known, and I’m pretty sure most consumers agree with me – or at least the ones that read this site on a regular basis. I’ve already been directly affected by this patent nonsense through the delayed release of the HTC EVO 4G LTE, and now the spotlight has turned to the continuing drama between Apple and Samsung.
So, while I do think that companies need to start competing more through innovation and less through frivolous lawsuits, I do have to admit that I’m secretly jumping for joy at the prospect of Apple getting a taste of its own medicine: late last week, Bloomberg reported that Google’s recently-acquired Motorola Mobility is suing Apple for patent-infringement. One of the key parts of Google’s case is that Apple’s Siri product infringes upon Google’s voice search technology, and that Apple is unwilling to work out a licensing deal with Google.
This is definitely something to keep your eye on, as Google is also seeking a ban on all Apple imports from Asia, including the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Like I said, even though I’m a huge fan of Android and Google, I prefer to see competition in less-evil ways. But what goes around comes around, so I’m still hoping that Apple will run into a few small headaches.[Bloomberg]