Were you at all surprised with the recent verdict in the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung? Google apparently was, and VP David Lawee has been discussing just what caught the company off-guard, and what it intends to do differently in the future.
If you thought that some of Apple’s design patents were a bit ridiculous, you’re not alone; apparently Google didn’t think that something as simple as “rounded corners” was patentable, either.
In the wake of the Apple ruling, though, Google’s going to be stepping-up its patent game, and presumably filing applications for the same sort of generic non-ideas that Apple’s been having great legal success with. The company regrets that “we weren’t patenting things as aggressively as we should have been” and describes Apple’s victory as a “wake-up call”.
So, if you had any hope of the patent wars dying down as everyone came to their senses, keep dreaming, because it looks like we’re just getting started.