As you might have heard one or two thousand times already, today Apple unveiled its new iPhone 5. Apple senior VP Phil Schiller introduced the product as the greatest thing the company has ever made.
It’s to be expected that Apple has filed patents out the wazoo on any new features this phone has. In fact, Apple has been getting a great deal of hate recently for its absurd number of patents on features such as “rounded corners.” Many people have a hard time believing that a claim on intellectual property of that sort is really patent-able because it is so generic and seems silly, and without question inhibits the innovation and development of the technology sector as a whole.
David Lawee, vice president for corporate development at Google, is one such person who did not anticipate the patent battles that currently exist, and certainly didn’t plan for an atmosphere of “thermonuclear warfare,” a term used by Steve Jobs to describe his plans to destroy the competition. Lawee notes that while Google may not have been prepared for the patent struggle that has taken place, they are armed and ready going forward.