No, not Apple (although, yes, they are tremendously rich). No, the Macalope’s talking about comments from Google executive chairman and whiny teenager Eric Schmidt.
Yes, hell hath no fury like a former Apple board member who was secretly making a competing product based heavily on the iPhone! Apparently Schmidt is chafing in all the wrong places (tip o’ the antlers to 9to5 Mac) about Apple’s preliminary win against HTC, a ruling that could affect every Android handset.
“The big news in the past year has been the explosion of Google Android handsets and this means our competitors are responding,” he said.
“Because they are not responding with innovation, they’re responding with lawsuits.”
Ooh, Eric. Talc?
This is, of course, the standard “thing you say” when the courts are handing your ass to you. That’s Business 101, right after the supply and demand curve and right before golden parachutes. It is, however, a little rich coming from the company whose mobile operating system went from copying the BlackBerry to copying the iPhone, oh, right around when the iPhone was released.
“We have not done anything wrong and these lawsuits are just inspired by our success.”
Sure, Eric. Sure. Sadly for you, however, the courts would disagree. As would common sense.
The tough part for Google is that we haven’t even gotten to the main event yet. As John Gruber translates Schmidt’s over-dramatic, men’s soccer-style pratfall:
Google, as a company, is worried that Android violates one or more of the Nortel patents.
TRIPPING! REF! DID YOU SEE THAT? HE TOTALLY JUST TRIPPED ME! REF! REF! REF? OH, COME ON!