A clear winner for the year's biggest no sh*t Sherlock comment to date must clearly go to Google public policy director Pablo Chavez on the subject of patents:
“We think that these patent wars are not helpful to consumers. They're not helpful to the marketplace. They're not helpful to innovation.”
Yes, this is the same Google that owns stacks of patents of its own, and is no stranger to the courtrooms of the world in seeking to defend them, even if it isn't a direct participant in the current patent-fuelled ding-dong between Samsung and Apple in California.
Speaking at a Technology Policy Institute conference in Aspen, Chavez claimed the moral high ground on the patent wars, claiming Google preferred to “brainstorm longterm solutions” than drag its rivals into the courts.
All quite true. But it was also quite true when Google VP David Drummond made similar comments on the Google Blog a whole year ago.
It's almost as if we need someone – maybe the company behind the market-leading mobile OS, for instance – to take some visible public action towards actually changing things, not just talking about it over and over.
Is that overly harsh? Does Google at least deserve some credit for at least acknowledging the problem? Drop us a line below and let us know your thoughts.