Apple and Google’s ongoing lawsuit against mobile patents has no resolution in sight, according to the Judge who declared the litigation as a “business strategy”.
US District court Judge in Miami, Florida accused both companies of using their mobile patent law suits as a business strategy. “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,” wrote Judge Robert Scola.
The judge’s order has required both companies to work together to reduce the claims of the dispute, if they fail to do that, the case has been threatened to go on hold.
So far, there are 180 disputes between the two companies, 12 of which involve patents.
“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. The court declines the invitation,” said Scola, who also accused the companies of “obstreperous and cantankerous conduct.”
The judge has given both Google and Apple four months to get their affairs in order.