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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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By theapparition on 4/15/2013 9:59:47 AM , Rating: 2
For once, I agree with you. I really can't believe I'm saying that.

People get too wrapped up in "innovation". In the end, it really doesn't matter that much.

Execution is the key.

Beta predated VHS and was technically superior, but VHS executed better. The rest is history.

Windows OS executed better than Mac OS. And that's why 93% of the worlds desktops run a MS OS.

With regards to MP3 players, Apple was far from the first, but they executed better. Whether anyone wants to claim that's because technical reasons, the scroll wheel, iTunes, or even just because of trendy association and marketing, no one can deny the popularity of the device.

Similarly with the iPhone. Apple hit with the right product at the right time.

Personally, I don't believe Apple has innovated much, but it doesn't really matter in the end.

But keep in mind that argument goes both ways. Samsung has begun to steal much of Apple's thunder by out "Apple'ing" them.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
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