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Eric Schmidt: Apple is suing us instead of innovating, will make sure HTC doesn’t lose patent suit

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 7:22PM EST

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During Google’s Mobile Revolution conference in Tokyo, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt reaffirmed his company’s support of HTC and its other Android partners, ZDNET Asia reported on Tuesday. HTC is currently in the middle of multiple patent battles with Apple, and the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on Friday that the Taiwanese firm was in violation of two of Apple’s patents. When asked whether Google would help HTC pay any fees associated with a guilty ruling, should the company’s appeal be shot down, Schmidt replied “We will make sure they don’t lose, then.” Schmidt attributed the lawsuits to Android’s massive global growth and restated that there are now more than 550,000 Android smartphone activations daily. “We have seen an explosion of Android devices entering the market and, because of our successes, competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations,” Schmidt said. “I’m not too worried about this.”

[Via CNET]