Google says patent wars ‘not helpful to innovation’

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Google is once again talking the right talk in the ongoing conversation about software patents and their effects on innovation. CNET reports that Google’s public policy director Pablo Chavez spoke out at the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen conference today, arguing that broad, abstract software patents serve only to stymie innovation. Google’s ultimate goal is to make inroads and “brainstorm longterm solutions” towards patent reform — a stance that’s seemingly at odds with its own behavior, as its subsidiary Motorola launched a new patent case against Apple just last week.

“We think that these patent wars are not helpful to consumers. They’re not helpful to the marketplace. They’re not helpful to innovation.”

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