* Refutes comments from IBM CEO
* Not trying to emulate Apple strategy
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 27 The chief of
Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ.N) personal computer division said the
company is spending appropriately on research and development,
countering recent remarks by rival IBM (IBM.N).
Todd Bradley, rumored to be a leading candidate for the
vacant top job at HP, said on Monday recent comments from IBM
Chief Executive Officer Sam Palmisano that HP was no longer
spending on innovation, were "fundamentally just wrong.
"I don't think we've shied away from continuing to invest
in innovation, I don't think we've shied away from acquiring
where we felt it was strategically important to acquire,"
Bradley said at the Techcrunch Disrupt conference.
HP, the world's largest PC maker, bought Palm earlier this
year for $1.2 billion. It plans to use Palm's webOS platform
for a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets and
Bradley said HP expects to sell roughly 15 million printers
next year that are based on webOS.
In response to a question, Bradley HP was not trying to
copy Apple, which has focused on controlling both the hardware
and software in its products.
"Emulating Apple is not part of our strategy," he said.
(Reporting by Gabriel Madway and Alexei Oreskovic, editing by