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The judge says lawsuits have become a business strategy

A Florida judge called both Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility out in court, saying that neither of them really wants to resolve these patent matters.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola -- a federal judge in Miami, Florida -- said that Apple and Motorola Mobility are wasting the court's time with patent infringement lawsuits that they have no intention of solving.

“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,” said Judge Scola. “That is not a proper use of this court.”

Judge Scola's main issue is that Apple and Motorola Mobility currently have over 180 claims regarding 12 patents and are arguing over the meaning of over 100 terms. 

“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,” wrote Judge Scola. “The court declines this invitation.”

The court has given Apple and Motorola Mobility four months to narrow the case down, and if they fail to do so, the case will be put on hold until all disputes over terms are resolved. 

Apple and Motorola Mobility have been tossing patent infringement lawsuits around since 2010. Many see these cases as a way of struggling for market share and pushing the competitor's products out rather than attempting to solve real issues. 

Source: Bloomberg

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RE: Patent trolls can go f%ck themselves
By Motoman on 4/11/2013 4:37:01 PM , Rating: 2
I disagree.

The PalmOS device I had back then did everything I do now on a phone, and had the same interface. Icons on a screen. Multiple screens.

It could surf the web, it could text, it could do email, and it could play games.

Then the iPhoney showed up...and people were like "OMG it can surf the web, it can text, it can do email, and it can play games! And look! Icons on the screen! SQUEEEE!"

By Totally on 4/12/2013 7:59:39 AM , Rating: 2
I know that feel bro!

Sitting at the next table over thinking 'wtf', phones have been able to do so for awhile.

RE: Patent trolls can go f%ck themselves
By karimtemple on 4/12/2013 8:58:51 AM , Rating: 1
What PalmOS did not do what create an entirely new software interface paradigm. This especially goes for the web browser. PalmOS was never intended for fingers. I had a T3 and then a Clie TH55, so you're not fooling me. Safari on iOS is the dictionary definition of innovative; what in f*%#'s name had the architectural cognizance to deal with the web using a touch interface in a comprehensive manner? Answer: NOT A SINGLE THING. Depending on your level of technical expertise you may not be able to see what I'm talking about, but going from browsing on PalmOS 5 to browsing on Mobile Safari is no small feat, and is almost an engineering marvel.

If you think "touching icons on a screen" is all iOS was doing then Apple wholly succeeded at separating the user experience from the software mechanics. It was so obvious that people would never like a software keyboard that when people liked the iOS keyboard, others refused to believe it. For years. This is partly because, also, predictive text was taken to a whole new level.

I can be a pretty dispassionate person at times, which is why I have no qualms about giving Apple its due credit despite disliking a lot of their actions so much. All I'm doing is making observations here. They're not sitting on more money than God because of their marketing department.

Well, not just because.

RE: Patent trolls can go f%ck themselves
By Motoman on 4/12/2013 11:59:18 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, you're just simply wrong. There's nothing magically better about what happened between the PalmOS on my Treo and the iPhone.

You're all worked up emotionally trying to defend your position...but there's not much reality to back up your claims.

For all intents and purposes, the iPhones UI is the same as the Treo's with different icons. And a bigger screen for lack of a real keyboard of course.

No magic.

RE: Patent trolls can go f%ck themselves
By karimtemple on 4/12/2013 1:46:34 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, well then, I am simply wrong. lol. Innovation is the same thing to you as magic?

RE: Patent trolls can go f%ck themselves
By Motoman on 4/12/2013 1:58:29 PM , Rating: 2
You clearly don't understand the meaning of the word "innovation" - someone has helpfully posted that information in this thread though. You might find it handy.

"Magic" of course was your Lord and Master Steve Jobs' favorite thing to talk about. I'm pointing out that there was no such thing.

But, at least you can admit you're wrong. There may be hope for you yet.

By karimtemple on 4/12/2013 2:46:08 PM , Rating: 2
I don't use Apple products. My phone is a Note and the tablet I bought my mom is a Xoom (shut up it was cheap, and is running surprisingly well to this day). I just hate bad logic and BS more than I hate Apple. And I love arguing, so it's difficult for me to just hold my tongue when I see people being illogical.

"We’re Apple. We don’t wear suits. We don’t even own suits." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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