A federal judge in Florida has slammed Apple and Google for using their global patent legal dispute as a way to hammer at each other rather than settle disagreements. In an order dated Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Robert Scola said, "The parties ... are using this and similar litigation worldwide as a business strategy that appears to have no end. That is not a proper use of this court." Separately, on the patent front, Apple filed a motion asking federal Judge Lucy Koh to reinstate $85 million in damages she sliced from a jury award in Apple's 2012 landmark patent infringement victory over Samsung Electronics.

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