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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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U.S. Judge Expresses Frustration at Apple's and Google's Use of Litigation as 'Business Strategy'




Bloomberg reports on comments from a U.S. District Court judge in Miami chastising Apple and Google for engaging in patent lawsuits as part of a broader business strategy rather than focusing on resolution of the disputes. The judge is currently overseeing a legal dispute that began with an initial complaint by Motorola Mobility in late 2010 and was expanded in January 2012 with the approval of Google, which had agreed to acquire Motorola several months earlier.
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"The parties have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute; they instead are using this and similar litigation worldwide as a business strategy that appears to have no end," U.S. District Judge Robert Scola in Miami said in an order dated yesterday. "That is not a proper use of this court."
Scola went on to blast the companies' "obstreperous and cantankerous conduct" in refusing to streamline the 12 patents and over 180 claims currently involved in the lawsuit.
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"Without a hint of irony, the parties now ask the court to mop up a mess they made by holding a hearing to reduce the size and complexity of the case," he wrote. "The court declines this invitation."
Scola has given Apple and Google four months in which to streamline the case on their own before he puts the case on hold.

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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:30 AM   #2
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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What, so they now don't want corporations to use the Legal system, and duke it out Mafia style? Its the Legal and patent system that needs fixing, not the other way round.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:31 AM   #4
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AMEN!!!! Well said!
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:33 AM   #5
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I wonder if that Judge visits this site a lot.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:33 AM   #6
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Whoa! Whoa there Judge. Common sense has no place in today's judicial process.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:33 AM   #7
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If you can't innovate; litigate.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:33 AM   #8
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It's a shame that they can't work things out and a joke how the courts are used.

Here's hoping it'll change.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:35 AM   #9
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I'm impressed.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:35 AM   #10
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obstreperous

Must start using this....
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:35 AM   #11
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That's a lot of wasted $ spent on lawyers, even if it is a "business strategy"
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:36 AM   #12
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Miami?

Funny how they've filed in Miami, about as far away from Silicon Valley and probably one of the least technology savvy areas in the country...

If they get kicked out of that court, hello North Dakota!
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:37 AM   #13
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I agree with the judge. It's about time these spoiled brats grew up. The only winners are lawyers.
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Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't this start out as a Motorola lawsuit against Apple claiming infringement on FRAND patents ?

So don't go bashing Apple. Instead the government should start looking at Google for abusing the FRAND patents in lawsuits.
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If you can't innovate; litigate.
I'm still disappointed that Jobs lost it, and chose the juvenile rant. Going "thermonuclear" is a tantrum that forever taints his legacy. Shameful.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:46 AM   #16
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Someone in the legal system telling it like it is, finally.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:47 AM   #17
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It only takes one company to send two to court

If a competitor is willing to create a product that they know violates patents—they are asking to go to court. If a competitor decides to sue you, you must go to court. That sounds like normal use of the system to me.

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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:48 AM   #18
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While I agree, the companies are taking advantage of the rights afforded them. They're no different then any other corporation using the legal system to their advantage.
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It a competitor is willing to create a product that they know violates patents
Who knows that they are violating other's patents?
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For some reason, I like this judge.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:52 AM   #21
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It blows my mind how anyone can excuse the companies' rights to litigation upon infringement.

If someone copies your idea, it's ok to let it slide?
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:52 AM   #22
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My bet is that the case will be put on hold because parties will not be able narrow things down. In this (Florida) case it's because it's in Apple's interest to hold things off.

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Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't this start out as a Motorola lawsuit against Apple claiming infringement on FRAND patents ?

So don't go bashing Apple. Instead the government should start looking at Google for abusing the FRAND patents in lawsuits.
This case was brought about Motorola/Google and the judge is basically mostly bashing Google since they are the one suing. Not sure if anyone is bashing Apple specifically.
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Don't hate the players, but hate the game. I'm not supporting this type of patent lawsuit but there are lots of this companies (and patent trolls) using money and litigation to their advantage.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:56 AM   #25
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Bravo! Need more of these guys. Some common sense.
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