Schmidt: 'Extremely curious' Apple not suing Google
Google's Eric Schmidt is wondering aloud why Apple is going after Android handset makers but not the maker of Android itself
Google's Eric Schmidt is not afraid to make some waves with his public statements and the Google chairman recently said that he doesn't understand why Apple isn't going after the search giant directly with patent lawsuits.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Schmidt addressed an issue many industry watchers have been confused about. Apple has scored high-profile patent agreements or legal lawsuits over Android makers like Samsung and HTC, but it has yet to hit Google with a patent infringement lawsuit, even though the search giant is the creator of Android.
"Apple and Google are well aware of the legal strategies of each other. Part of the conversations that are going on all the time is to talk about them," Schmidt said. "It's extremely curious that Apple has chosen to sue Google's partners and not Google itself."
This has always been a nagging question in the mobile patent world, as Apple has been going after Android makers partly because of alleged infringements in the software. Apple and Google used to have a cozy relationship -- Schmidt was on Apple's board of directors -- but Steve Jobs was reportedly livid about Android because he saw it as a "stolen product" and wanted to go "thermonuclear" against the search giant. Google probably isn't as vulnerable to patent warfare as it was in the past, as it spent more than $12 billion to acquire Motorola and its wealth of mobile patents.
Additionally, Schmidt said that Google becoming or owning a wireless carrier is something that it will "discuss" but it is more concerned with the Google Fiber rollout at the moment.