If Google is a crybaby then Apple is a coward for trying to take advantage of a broken system

What happens to cowards? They get slaughtered, and that is what Google did to Apple today when they announced their acquisition of Motorola. Before today the media was declaring Google a crybaby because they complained that Apple and Microsoft overpaid for the Nortel patents in an attempt to slow down Android with the courts rather than with innovation.

Apple and Microsoft did not “beat” out Google for the Nortel patents, they simply overpaid. Companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple don’t “lose” deals like this. Each one of these companies has the money to buy whatever they want, but of course they set their own limit of what they are willing to pay. It is no different than the Yankees and Red Sox when they bid on a high priced free agent. A limit is set, and if the other team wants the player more, they will get the player. Sometimes both bidders are close, and someone loses by a small margin, but in this case there is no indication that Google’s final bid was that close. The fact of the matter is Google wasn’t interested in paying four times the value of those patents just to be a patent troll.

On the flip side Apple has no problem taking advantage of a broken system. Companies like Apple have been granted patents that are so insanely broad. Things are so crazy that somehow it has gotten to the point where patents aren’t even necessary to get injunctions. Last week a German court granted a preliminary judgement on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for all of Europe (except the Netherlands) based on community design. Community design? Has the world gone mad? If a product looks similar, an injunction can be imposed without argument from the defense. Talk about an innovation killer. A tablet is a rectangle or square that has glass on the front. A phone is the same, but smaller. How does a court rule in favor of Apple based on just looks? Not only that, news just broke that Apple might have tampered with the evidence. Either way it is a joke. My neighbor’s flat screen TV is just as similar as mine. My wife’s laptop looks a lot like mine. Is an injunction on any of these products necessary?

Some people might say that you can’t blame Apple for doing what the system allows, but seriously folks, we know the system is broken. A company like Apple should be ashamed of themselves. If your neighbor goes on vacation and forgets to lock the doors, is it okay to go in their house and take what you want? That is exactly what Apple is doing. They are taking advantage of a patent and legal system that is in disarray. I may not buy Apple products, but I am willing to admit they make a decent product for a certain demographic. Can’t their products speak for themselves?

We are not talking about a small company that is trying to make it big. Just last week Apple became the most valued U.S. company. How does a company this big feel they need to lower themselves to these kinds of levels? The answer is fear. Sorry Apple fanboys, I hate to break the news to you, but your beloved magical company is a coward. Or is that iCoward?

Next month Steve Jobs is going to stand up and tell the world that the iPhone 5 is the greatest phone ever made. Unfortunately, Mr. Jobs knows that would only be the case if it were the only phone on the market, which is what Apple’s goal was. A coward does not want competition because a coward fears losing. The plan was to continue to blow billions of dollars trying to shutdown the companies they are afraid to compete with. By doing this Apple would eventually hurt themselves by exposing (if they haven’t already) the system for what it is, and the bubble would eventually burst.

Google decided there is no sense waiting till the system corrects itself because it could take a long time. With the purchase of Motorola, and their 17,000 patents, it is a win win for Google. They gain patents to shut Apple up, and they gain a partner to push Android to an even higher market share.

Now that innovation has been restored what will Apple do? Will they get up off the floor and fight with innovation or will they continue to cower?

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • JimD

    Thanks for the good laugh…I really want a hit on what you’re smoking.

  • Raymond

    Good read. I hope Apple realizes that a lot of consumers are waking up and seeing that their products are not the best on the market, and are in fact crippled, limited, and overpriced. Sure, they have their positives and negatives like anything else, but the competition has them beat. I’ll take my DroidX over an iPhone anyday. Yes, I’ve used them, and no, I wouldn’t buy them, for various reasons. Sorry Apple, your hopes of monopolizing the market just got shot down.

  • Angela Gamblin

    Thanks for that piece. In an era when it seems increasingly that those who have all, with an insatiable appetite for everything, while leaving nothing for the rest of us, is more the rule rather than the exception, it’s nice to see someone witnessing apple’s part in this ignoble trend, and calling them on it, for all it’s worth. Thanks again.♥

  • Cesar

    I’d like to see Apple fans try to dig themselves out of this one. In the end Google shows it cares about consumers while Apple greedily seeks only more revenue. I believe the products speak for themselves, and if more people like android, then Apple should rethink its strategy and demographics.

  • Anonymous

    A little bit hostile, but it does have truth behind it.

  • Steve S

    I have been debating whether or not to try an iPhone when my current contract expires, I was also thinking about an iPad. Now I am definitely staying with Android and my tablet will not be an iPad.
    Apple gear has always been good at what it does, but, it is limited and way overpriced, and though good, not necessarily the best.
    Good marketing has a lot of people believing that Apple products are the best. The best thing that Apple do is make money for themselves, fullstop. The figures speak for themselves.

    • http://talkandroid.com Robert Nazarian


      We are very happy with your decision

  • Don
    • Elroy Goh

      I agree with you too, Don. Could you please shut the f*** up, Android fanboys? If you are so proud of yourself and hate Apple, then keep it to yourself and don’t write about it at all! Android should be called Lousy OS, not iCoward, because iDevices are iGeniuses. Androids suck, they were copycats copying poor Apple’s iDevices (ie. iPhone, iPad) and some more Android fans are blaming Apple? They should f***ing blame themselves, idiots.