Texas Judge Won't Combine IP Suits Against Google, Apple

By Kurt Orzeck (April 15, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge refused Tuesday to consolidate ContentGuard Holdings Inc.'s suits accusing Google Inc., Apple Inc. and others of infringing nine digital rights management and digital content distribution patents, saying the plaintiff voluntarily declined to sue all the defendants together in the same complaint.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap decided that Texas-based ContentGuard could have named Google as a defendant in the initial suit it filed against the manufacturers of allegedly infringing portable devices but instead waited until Northern California-based Google filed a declaratory judgment action in California federal court to sue Google separately in Texas federal court.

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