The smartphone patent wars are impacting nearly every technology giant, from Samsung to Google to Microsoft to Apple. Now, Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos is sharing a few thoughts on the matter, telling the U.K. news publication Metro that the lawsuits “might start to stifle innovation.”
“Governments may need to look at the patent system and see if those laws need to be modified because I don’t think some of these battles are healthy for society,” said Bezos, who as we know has used the patent system to his company’s advantage over the years.
In fact, Amazon has widely been criticized for its patenting of the one-click purchasing technology, with the European Patent Office once ruling that the technology is simply too obvious to patent. More recently, Bezos himself has gone so far as to patent an airbag system to cushion the fall of smartphones.
Amazon has been making big waves in the mobile arena, and is rumored to be considering its own smartphone device. In fact, rumors circulated this week that Amazon was considering buying the mobile chip unit of Texas Instruments, perhaps not just for the technology itself but the patents behind it.
In the interview with Metro, Bezos talks about everything from his space venture Blue Origin to the new Kindle devices. He also said he’s flattered with the comparisons to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
“I don’t think too much about that, it’s incredibly flattering, seriously thank you, but I’m much more comfortable in small groups of people, this I enjoy, I don’t have that performer gene, I don’t want to be a Broadway actor. I’m having so much fun and what we really love to do is pioneer and invent. We like to take things that are ordinary and then improve them to the point where people think; “Wow, that’s totally different”. What’s really exciting is when that new way that we invented becomes normal, that’s kind of like the ultimate compliment.”