Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak thinks Apple v. Samsung will be overturned

While Steve Wozniak had a public appearance in Shanghai, he held an interview fielding questions about the company he co-founded, Apple. He spoke about topics related to the newly unveiled iPhone 5 and the the Apple v. Samsung trial. In relation to the latter Wozniak was very clear that he hates all the litigation;

“I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it — very small things I don’t really call that innovative. I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies.”

Wozniak’s ideas would definitely save manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola and HTC millions in legal fees, but Apple clearly does not agree with his sentiment, at least not as long these companies are contending with Apple’s products. Also in the interview, Wozniak mentioned the new iPhone and said, “I am always excited about every iPhone product because there are always good advances, a better quality on the pictures will mean a lot…” The iPhone 5 is very comparable to other android phones, but when all the litigation is over who knows who will be allowed to use what technology.

Source: Bloomberg

  • Jon

    Well said innovation not lawsuits is what we need!

  • Alex Schneider

    On the other hand, lawsuits not innovation is what Apple shareholders need. Corporations are people, have some respect.

    • ari_free

      Apple shareholders aren’t entitled to anything. The free market is about punishing failure just as it is about rewarding success.

    • RTWright

      I have no respect, not for the late Steve Jobs and definitely not for their shoved up the anal canal shareholders. I’m for the public being able to CHOOSE what they want and not be given only ONE decision based on a tyrant company that thinks they own everything and no one else is entitled to even come close to them.

      Apple has been a butthurt company for so long that it’s pathetic. They lost ground with the clones, they lost ground when they went with AT&T only, they’re going to end up losing more ground with all this bickering they do. Samsung and others have offered to sign licensing deals with Apple and they refused several times over.

      As I said before, Apple did not invent a damn thing they claimed patents on. They took what someone else had done and improved it. Nothing wrong with that, but when someone does it and becomes similar to them? They cry like a bunch of two year olds. For some of those patents RIM should have sued the daylights out of Apple for. Along with Nokia and Motorola ( Who is taking some action at this time ). Those companies alone were in this business long before they were and had patents long before Apple on some of the similar things they sued Samsung for.

      We owe no respect to them once so ever, they owe us a lot more than that. Till we see Apple turn and make a mends for their stupidity and constant knockdown of others innovations? They can die as a company financially and I wouldn’t shed a single tear.

  • technofreak

    Wozniak is right but samsung and htc should sue back to punish apple for being obsessed with patents and if you look at these quotes you will see what hypocrites apple are and steve jobs was -“Picasso had a saying: ‘Good artists copy. Great artists steal.’ And we’ve always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” Steve Jobs, 1996 “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” Steve Jobs, 2010

  • ChuckN007

    I hope Wozniak is correct, and I thought that the judgment should be overturned as soon as I learned a little about it. Apple has been good at taking existing ideas and technologies, and innovating them into something that is really new and different. The initial iPhone and initial iPad are examples of that. Then other companies improve on that, which benefits the consumer. Other companies improve on it faster than Apple, because there are more of them, and because Apple’s product cycle is a year for the next edition, and competitors are cranking out new ones every 3-4 months. So Apple will lose the battle of incremental improvements. I think that Apple is itself using technologies that other giants could claim belong to them, if the industry is going to go the way of litigation rather than innovation. I think Apple seems to have lost the innovation that made its products great, and so now it is relegated to using litigation to restrain innovation of others. I don’t think that’s a winning business model for the long term. For example, one of Apple’s claims in the lawsuit was that it had patented phones that had “a flat screen surrounded by a bezel.” That’s not a technological innovation; it’s just logical design that’s obvious, which isn’t the proper subject for a patent in the first place.

  • http://twitter.com/JMOBILEHITE352 JAN J*MOBILE E. HITE

    Great EXAMPLE of this IMPROVING of INVENTION: When ALEXANDER GRAM (sp) BELL, INVENTED the LANDLINE-TELEPHONE in 1876, THOMAS ALVA EDISON, INPROVED it By ADDING a MICROPHONE, You didn’t HEAR about BELL SUING EDISON IMPROVING UPON it???? NOOOOOO!!!!!!! STEVE W. IS CORRECT!