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Google, Apple Accused by Judge for Using Courts as 'Business Strategy'

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District Judge Robert Scola says the three years and counting patent case between Apple and Google is getting out of hand, and delivers an ultimatum.

Apple and Google were told off by a judge during a fairly routine patent dispute between the two. The case has been ongoing since 2010 in Florida and involves well over 180 claims to patents. Now that the companies themselves filed a query to reduce the scope of the case that they have made themselves, Miami U.S. District Judge Robert Scola thinks it has gone far enough.

The judge accuses the two parties of having "no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving the dispute" and are just using the court case and further proceedings as a "business strategy."  In the aftermath of the latest query to reduce the scope of the case, the judge has responded that "without a hint or irony, the parties now ask the court to mop up a mess that they made," and subsequently declined the query.

Feeling that the companies should be responsible, the judge has further ordered both companies to streamline the case themselves in the coming four months, or else it would be placed on hold until the 100 or so terms currently in dispute are defined to everyone's satisfaction. As this could take more time than either companies are willing to invest, it is highly likely that the companies will opt to clean up the mess themselves instead.

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    Immoral Medic , April 15, 2013 6:21 PM
    Someone is waking up in this world. Thank ("god" of choice).
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    CheesyHotDogPuff , April 15, 2013 5:51 PM
    Hero of the technology world.
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    CheesyHotDogPuff , April 15, 2013 6:11 PM
    Hero of the technology world.
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    Immoral Medic , April 15, 2013 6:21 PM
    Someone is waking up in this world. Thank ("god" of choice).
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    kanoobie , April 15, 2013 6:40 PM
    Way to go judge! I was never a fan of the daytime courtroom dramas/shows like Judge Judy, but, if they ever make one involving the judge ordering corporations to shape up, I think I would watch Judge Scola.
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    cscott_it , April 15, 2013 6:55 PM
    It's about time the courts started getting sick of these silly lawsuites. Compete with your features, not with your lawsuits. If it was something groundbreaking, then I could see it a single real feature. Not being rectangular with rounded edges, not the position of your audiojack, and most certainly not swipe to unlock.
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    JOSHSKORN , April 15, 2013 11:49 PM
    Miami U.S. District Judge Robert Scola just might be my new adulthood hero.
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    nebun , April 16, 2013 2:30 AM
    about let's dismiss all the stupid lawsuits that are going on against many people out there are suing each other, it's not even funny
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    cats_Paw , April 16, 2013 2:59 AM
    Finally someone with common sence... If i was the Judge, Id also give them an aditional clause to the ultimatium: If you dont fix this between yourselves, none of you is selling anything untill you reach an agreement (If they behave like kids, you have to treat them like kids).
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    catfishtx , April 16, 2013 6:47 AM
    Hopefully this sets a precedent with other judges.
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    davewolfgang , April 16, 2013 11:28 AM
    Don't forget Judge - Get whomever at the Patent Office that "Approved" all these in the hot seat and throw HIM in jail for Contempt (Contempt of Common Sense!!!) - and KEEP him there until the case is dismissed or thrown out.....and then just keep him there!