Apple and Google Criticised for Use of Legal Process


A judge has accused Apple and Google of abusing legal systems and deliberately complicating patent disputes.

US District Judge Robert Scola this week said that the two firms have been using “litigation worldwide as a business strategy that appears to have no end.”

Scola took particular exception to a case which financial news service Bloomberg reports has more than 180 claims relating to 12 different patents and the meaning of more than 100 terms.

In this case, Apple and Google have requested that the court streamline the legal process, with Scola accusing them of having deliberately complicated it in the first place. “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 judge said. “The court declines this invitation.”

Elsewhere, a German court has ruled in favour of Apple in a dispute that the firm has with Samsung relating to patents held by the Korean firm. The court has concluded that patents relating to 3G technology which Samsung was accusing Apple of having infringed upon are not valid, meaning that the iPhone maker will not have to pay out any damages.

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