Jeff Bezos : Patent lawsuits start to stifle innovation

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, recently in a speak with a U.K News media outlet, has said that the types of ongoing patent lawsuits are starting to create a stifle for innovation and that government should intervene.


The Amazon chief executive says that governments might need to intervene to ensure that the onslaught of patent lawsuits doesn’t hurt consumers. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is growing concerned with the patent lawsuits simmering across the mobile industry.


Speaking to U.K. news outlet Metro in an interview published today, Bezos said that he’s worried that the patent lawsuits “might start to stifle innovation.” He also that suggested governments around the world consider intervening in the suits to protect consumers.


“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”.


The idea that patent lawsuits are hurting innovation is by no means new. Google has been saying for over a year now that it believes the lawsuits popping up in the mobile marketplace are actually stifling innovation. In August, for instance, Google’s public policy director said that patents are supposed to spur innovation, not hurt it.


“One thing that we are very seriously taking a look at is the question of software patents, and whether in fact the patent system as it currently exists is the right system to innovation and really promote consumer-friendly policies,” Google’s Pablo Chavez said. He went on to tell attendees at a Technology Policy Institute conference “patent wars are not helpful to consumers.”


Last year, Amazon was hit with a lawsuit from a company called Smartphone Technologiesfor allegedly violating patents in its Kindle Fire tablet. Other than that, Amazon has largely stayed above the lawsuit fray as companies like Apple, Samsung, and Motorola continue to launch lawsuits.


Still, Amazon is continuing to make its presence felt in a space that has become synonymous with lawsuits. After a successful run, the Kindle Fire was recently replaced with a new line of tablets, including the 8.9-inch, 4G LTE-equipped Kindle Fire HD. So far, those devices haven’t been roped into lawsuits, but given the state of the mobile space, anything can happen.


What do you think of Jeff Bezos’ saying over patent lawsuits? Share your thoughts and comments below.


Srikanth A.N. is the founder and editor-in-chief of Infworm, one of the fastest growing technology and information destination. Srikanth is currently an Electronics Engineering undergrad from the University of Mumbai. Follow him on Google+.

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