Apple hoped to add the Samsung Galaxy S4, which was released earlier this year, to an existing patent-infringement lawsuit the company filed against Samsung. The GS4, argued Apple, violates many of the same patents that the Galaxy S III and other Samsung Galaxy smartphones do. The court didn't care for Apple's request.
U.S. magistrate judge Paul S. Grewal, who is overseeing this case, complained that adding the GS4 would put a "tax on the court's resources. Each time these parties appear in the courtroom, they consume considerable amounts of the court's time and energy, which takes time way from other parties who also require and are entitled to the court's attention."
This is actually humorous. The courts are basically telling Apple, and by implication also Samsung, to quit with these nuisance lawsuits. I think many of the rest of us had these thoughts long ago, however that a judge actually stated this in so many words is what makes me chuckle.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.