Apple and Google have seen their differences play out in court so many times now that the warring tech powers are being criticized for allegedly manipulating the courts for business purposes.
That assertion comes straight from a federal judge in Florida today.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola said Thursday that Google and Apple are playing games and executing business strategies in the courtroom, as their patent arguments continue to grow in mind-boggling complexity.
"The parties have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute," Scola said this week, "they instead are using this and similar litigation worldwide as a business strategy that appears to have no end. This is not a proper use of this court."
The case in Florida involves more than 180 claims related to 12 patents and disputes over the meaning of more than 100 terms, Scola said in his order.
“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.”