Tim Cook: people should invent their own stuff

Tim Cook: people should invent their own stuffEarlier today I scribbled about Apple’s impressive Q2 results (Q1 if you're looking at, like, an actual calendar), but the earnings call wasn’t entirely focused on those billions and billions (and even more billions) of dollars.

The subject of litigation came up too, which isn’t entirely surprising considering Apple seemingly has dozens of costly legal battles on the go at any one time. Talk about belligerent.

South Korean manufacturer Samsung appears to be Apple’s courtroom foe of choice, but there have been numerous cases involving the likes of Motorola and HTC too.

In some cases, Apple has claimed that the iPhone and iPad have been balls-out ripped off, while others are more focused on particular patents or features, such as the ping-back over-scroll thing.

On yesterday’s call, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed: "I've always hated litigation. I continue to hate it. I just want people to invent their own stuff. If we could get some kind of arrangement like that, I'd highly prefer to settle rather than battle.

“The key thing is that Apple not become the developer for the world. We need people to invent their own stuff."

How very modest. And we all remember, of course, how Apple invented the touchscreen phone and the tablet. Ahem.

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socialjeebus  Apr. 26, 2012 at 04:09

This comment would have more resonance if Apple invented more of the technology used by their iDevices...

Having to rely on patents held by Motorola, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Microsoft, etc - Apple should probably start some developing of their own on the hardware front.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 26, 2012 at 08:50

This comment would have more resonance if Apple invented more of the technology used by their iDevices...

Having to rely on patents held by Motorola, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Microsoft, etc - Apple should probably start some developing of their own on the hardware front.


True, but be realistic: Apple entered the mobile phone arena in 2007... They had to use existing patented technology. So of course they owe a lot to other companies.

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