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  • Apple, Google Accused of Manipulating Courts


    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.
    Because Apple and Google were unable to "streamline the case," the presiding judge called the companies’ actions “obstreperous and cantankerous conduct.”

    “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.”

    Source: Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple, Google Accused of Manipulating Courts started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Maybe more people should "streamline" the legal process. I commend them for not wasting my tax dollars in long drawn out legal battles.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      First make both party resolve their dispute out of court.
      If it has to go to court, make the loser pay for all legal bills (court cost plus legal fees of winner) and damage claim to the winner.
      If loser want to challenge the judgement, the payment on damages judgement to the winner will be put on hold in bond (I think that is what it is called), loser still pay for the original court fees and legal fees of winner before allowing the claim to go any further. However loser can include the cost of the previous judgement for the new hearing as damage claim in case they win. I think that is what England is doing, I think it is only right that the disputed party pays for court cost instead of us.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      I think all companies in patent battles should be charged x amount if it runs over a certain length of time, to help them come to an agreement sooner
    1. kosher1's Avatar
      kosher1 -
      Typical.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      No duh. Are we just now realizing this? They've been doing it since about the time both companies started getting big. This is why all big companies suck.