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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 sprockkets on 4/12/2013 4:49:32 PM , Rating: 0
Where did you get the $83 billion figure from?

From somewhere you never read:

"An earlier study by the same two academics measured indirect costs of patent troll lawsuits, using public companies' stock prices as a proxy for the damages. That study found those costs to be about $83 billion annually."

Here is a challenge: list some reasonable significant pieces of tech innovation that has been blocked from spreading around the mobile device commercial ecosystem by legal action?

Google's webm. Google buys the company behind the codec plus their patents on it, mpegla then finally agrees to a license, then Nokia comes in and starts to block it from being a standard with their patents. Funny how Nokia didn't give two shts about it until now.

Vlingo tried to sell their voice command system to apple and google, until Nuance filed 6 lawsuits over broad patents. The first costed Vlingo $3 million dollars, money that could have gone to actual development. He won, then lost all his money and sold his company to Nuance.

Obviously IP legal action has led to various license fees being paid by various companies but they hardly matter except to the utterly incompetent non-Samsung Android OEMs and their problems are the result of being so incompetent that they are somehow failing to make a profit in the booming device markets. Any problems they have paying license fees are the result of commercial incompetence and not the inherent nature or weight of IP law.

That's shows you know nothing but are an armchair analyst.

Bill Gates said it best.

"If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today’s ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today."

"...some large company will patent some obvious thing [and use the patent to] take as much of our profits as they want.”

By Cheesew1z69 on 4/12/2013 4:54:32 PM , Rating: 2
"...some large company will patent some obvious thing [and use the patent to] take as much of our profits as they want.”
And try to sue the competition out of the market.

RE: Patent trolls can go f%ck themselves
By Tony Swash on 4/13/2013 3:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
The actual figure in the article you link to is $29 billion and is based on what the article calls "a relatively small sample of 83 companies, both small and large'.

I repeat - IP litigation is a trivial phenomena in relation to the scale of the global tech industries. An irritant and nothing more. A flea bite itches but it's still just a flea bite.

By testerguy on 4/16/2013 2:23:51 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, sprokkets total fail.

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