Eric Schmidt says Android's competitors are just jealous of its success and that their suits are meritless works of companies that can't innovate.  (Source: Reuters)

Apple hasn't released a new handset in over a year. Meanwhile it's filed multiple suits against Google.  (Source: Perth Now)
Schmidt says Steve Jobs and company are jealous of Android's success

Google Inc.'s (GOOG) former CEO Eric Schmidt had harsh words for rival Apple, Inc. (AAPL) on Tuesday.  Speaking at the Mobile Revolution conference in Tokyo, Mr. Schmidt let loose:
The big news in the past year has been the explosion of Google Android handsets and this means our competitors are responding. Because they are not responding with innovation, they’re responding with lawsuits. We have not done anything wrong and these lawsuits are just inspired by our success.
Apple, who hasn't released a new handset in over a year, is currently suing [1][2][3][4][5] the world's top three Android handset makers -- HTC Corp. (SEO:066570), Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI) and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO:005930).  All three companies have responded back with countersuits [1][2][3], but already one of the companies looks to be in serious danger.  

 A U.S. International Trade Commission judge found that HTC's products violated two of Apple's broad technology patents.  The ruling opens the way for Apple to secure an injunction to block shipments of HTC products into the U.S.

Try as it might, Google was unable to successfully spin the news as a victory.  At the end of the day, the preliminary infringement ruling covered technology that's deeply tied to the Android operating system.

Google faces similar headaches from another rival, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT). HTC has agreed to pay Microsoft a reported $5 to $10 USD per handset.  Now Microsoft wants $15 per handset Samsung sells and is using the threat of a lawsuit to try to drive a deal.

The timing of these lawsuits hardly seems coincidental.  Microsoft's hopes for Windows Phone 7 have fallen flat as the OS has failed to generate any market momentum, thus far, and has only a tiny smart phone market share.  Similarly Apple, is getting outsold over two-to-one by Google.

While Apple and Microsoft are seemingly in violation of each others' patents, as well, the pair have focused their attention almost solely on targeting Google, the market leader.  And that, says Mr. Schmidt, boils down to pure jealously.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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