The walls of the California Theater are decorated with an Apple logo in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Apple is holding an event Tuesday to announce new products. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A federal judge said that Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility unit aren't interested in settling their patent infringement lawsuits but using litigation 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,” U.S. District Judge Robert Scola in Miami said, according to Bloomberg News. “That is not a proper use of this court.”
The two smartphone makers have accused each other of wireless patent infringement and the case has grown since it was first filed in 2010. The lawsuit is just part of the several lawsuits both companies have filed as they both fight for wireless device market share. The Florida case has more than 180 claims on 12 patents and both companies declined to "streamline the case," causing the judge to define their conduct as "obstreperous and cantankerous."
“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.”
Scola's words came after giving the two companies four months to streamline the case without success. Now Scola could put the case on hold while he decides disputes on patent terms.
The case likely won't be resolved because neither company wants to settle or fold. To do so would mean a tremendous loss to their handheld business and paying the other company licenses on any lost or awarded patents. So that means both Apple and Google are at a stalemate and unwilling to settle.