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Cook hints at wanting to settle in global legal battles

updated 06:40 pm EDT, Tue April 24, 2012

Apple CEO has 'always hated litigation'

Apple CEO Tim Cook would prefer to settle in the numerous lawsuits the company is involved in worldwide, the company's Q2 results call has revealed. During a Q&A session, Cook was asked if there was a point at which Apple would feel it better to settle. "I've always hated litigation and will continue to hate it," the CEO replied. He suggested that he only wants other companies to "make their own stuff," and that he would "highly prefer" to settle instead of fight court battles.

"It's important that Apple not become the inventor for the world," said Cook. The statement was a reference to the fact that a bulk of the lawsuits filed by or against Apple in recent times have involved patents. Most or all of these, in turn, have involved different facets of Google's Android platform.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is known to have considered Android "stolen," and vowed to "destroy" it. Cook, though, is believed to be more moderate than his predecessor, more concerned with practical considerations about Apple's competitive advantages and marketshare.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    P - U - Z - Z - Y ! ! !

    Tim Cook is such a big P...
    Android "stolen," and vowed to "destroy"
    yet Mr. Cook "is more concerned with practical considerations"
    "It's important that Apple not become the inventor for the world,"

    W H A T !

    Is that not precisely what defined Apple for the last 15 years, and precisely what made it int what it is know? From the mouse to the tactile screen and even the App store, Apple has invented them all.

    Hope Steve Jobs is in a better place now,
    for the work of his life sure is not in the best care possible...

    If these statements are real and not a sensationalistic misinterpretation,
    Apple's doom preachers will start grinning...

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That would appear to be

    waving flank steak at a pack of hungry wolves in the middle of nowhere, with no protection. Not a good idea.

    That is like a plea for MORE litigation.

  1. chas_m



    Listen to the audio

    Don't just read the transcript.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ESAD Arne

    Hope Steve Jobs is in a better place now,
    for the work of his life sure is not in the best care possible...

    Since WHEN did you give a rat's tucchus about Jobs?

    Since WHEN did you think that Apple suing Android handset makers was a swell idea?

    In fact, if I had the time on my hands to do so, I am 100% certain I could go back in the comments here on this site and find MULTIPLE examples of you flaming Apple for suing Motorola and Samsung.

    You are an even bigger joke than Testudo.

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    At least Arne has a head on him, despite being confusing. It seems as though he dislikes Apple, iPhones, and Steve Jobs's character, but then likes Steve Jobs's character? Also, he believes Apple is full of @ss for suing Samsung, but doesn't want them to back out lest they lose their pride.

    Bravo, sir! You are a very three-dimensional character. Strange, but not a full-on troll. :)

  1. chas_m



    You guys

    are WAY misreading Cook's comments -- but it's not your fault, so is the media generally. Cook says that he'd prefer to settle, BUT (this was the key part everyone missed) "they need to invent their own stuff." He also spoke about his willingness to enter into arrangements that assure that these companies "invent their own stuff."

    This does NOT sound like a guy who is just going to settle for conveniences' sake, and does NOT sound like a guy who thinks he's going to lose the battle. I would say it was much more of a coded message to Google (and perhaps Samsung) since it echoes Steve's sentiment exactly.

    Cook's got $110 billion to play with. I don't see Apple caving on this. I think he's saying "as soon as you agree to respect our IP, we can move to a settlement."

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I agree with chas

    he's not backing down. It may not be as personal with Cook as it was with Jobs, but surely Cook understands the lesson that Jobs learned the hard way. You can't let a competitor steal the technology you invented and w**** it out to everyone.

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