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Google, Motorola Must Give Android Data to Apple

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 43 comments

A Chicago court ruling says Google and Motorola Mobility must provide Apple with detailed information regarding the purchase and development of Android.

Bloomberg reports that Google and Motorola Mobility must turn over information to Apple about the 2005 acquisition and further development of the Android operating system. They must also disclose to Apple information surrounding Google's pending $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

The order was made on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago) by U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner who is currently presiding over a court-level patent lawsuit filed by Apple in 2010 against Motorola Mobility.

Posner, usually a federal appeals court judge, seems to agree with Apple's attorneys in that the "Android/Motorola acquisition discovery is highly relevant to Apple's claims and defenses," granting Apple's motion for the requested information.

In a response to Apple's motion, Motorola argued to leave Google out of the lawsuit, as Google’s employees and documents are not within the 'possession, custody, or control' of Motorola. "Motorola cannot force Google to produce documents or witnesses over Google’s objections," lawyers for Motorola Mobility said.

Company lawyers also argued that Google's acquisition of Motorola and Android has nothing to do with any damages asserted in the case. Yet Google has agreed to comply with all discovery requests that seek information relevant to the case. Google will even provide witnesses for deposition, Motorola Mobility's attorneys said.

Back-to-back trials before separate juries will begin on June 11. The first trial will address Apple's six patent claims whereas the other trial will cover Motorola's three patent claims.

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    mattberrytr , March 7, 2012 2:13 AM
    die in a fire apple
  • 28 Hide
    bigmets31 , March 7, 2012 2:32 AM
    Apple acts like bullies. It's pathetic.
  • 27 Hide
    tacoslave , March 7, 2012 2:41 AM
    and people wonder why i dont buy ANY apple products and hate them
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  • 33 Hide
    mattberrytr , March 7, 2012 2:13 AM
    die in a fire apple
  • 27 Hide
    Anonymous , March 7, 2012 2:32 AM
    And Apple has to do with Android's development.... how?
  • 28 Hide
    bigmets31 , March 7, 2012 2:32 AM
    Apple acts like bullies. It's pathetic.
  • 25 Hide
    jik , March 7, 2012 2:36 AM
    This doesn't make sense. Can someone fill me in?
  • 27 Hide
    tacoslave , March 7, 2012 2:41 AM
    and people wonder why i dont buy ANY apple products and hate them
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    jimmysmitty , March 7, 2012 2:42 AM
    Zero-2And Apple has to do with Android's development.... how?

    Fear. Simple fear. Imagine if Google had the ability to just design phones for Android and then the others built around it. Instead of Google relying on someone else they would have total control.

    It would be more like Apple and the iPhone and Apple fears that if that happens, Android would spread faster and take more of that money grubbing companies market share.

    Android itself is better than iOS, thats a given. But if Google can design their own phones it will change the game quite a bit.

    It would be the same as if Microsoft started to design their own phones for Windows 8 instead of relying on other companies.

    Thats not to say there wont be other Android phones from other manufactures, but Google having their own phones makes Apple shake.

    And instead of rising to the challenge and fighting properly, they will try to stop it from ever happening.
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    Borisblade7 , March 7, 2012 2:48 AM
    Apple tries to pretend they invented everything, they are like al gore and the internet. They didnt invent tablets or smart phones, or voice recognition, or touch displays or pretty much anything. They just did better on the software end for getting people to join their sad cult.

    Its pathetic they try to stiffle the entire industry and pretend they are protecting things they invented. They need to stop this crap, innovation and openness is what will drive technology. Apple is the complete opposite of that and just slows things up. I cant wait til they burn out again and go back to being mediocre so they stop screwing things up for the rest of us.
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    jdog2pt0 , March 7, 2012 3:16 AM
    I'd like to see all the other companies turn around and sue the hell out of Apple. It seems most of the lawsuit articles are about Apple suing someone over something stupid. It they turned around and returned the favor, I'm sure things would be different. I guess the problem is, where the various companies are busy innovating, Apple's busy not so they have more time and resources to sh*t into frivolous lawsuits.
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    blazorthon , March 7, 2012 3:41 AM
    Apple is too scared to play fair. It should be illegal for Apple to demand info on Android like this.
  • 21 Hide
    cumi2k4 , March 7, 2012 3:55 AM
    Of course apple will demand to see android development....where else would they look to "invent" something completely new, innovative and completely "apple did it first"???
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2012 4:56 AM
    @watcha get with the times.
    apple sues EVERYONE for the tinyiest crap.

    and who knows what apple will do with that information? perhaps set aside 10k for virus programmers and give them the information acquired....

    it causes unnecessary security flaws. when something is secure not everyone needs to know how secure it is. they just need to know it is secure.

    and yes it can cost the customers, it can cost time for updates? wanna wait another month for your upgrade?
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    Bloob , March 7, 2012 5:22 AM
    Just abolish the damn software patents already...
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2012 5:23 AM
    What kind of biz is Apple doing? They were an unabashed copy-cat at the beginning and now they are out to get everyone who remotely look like them; but the reality is just that, there are only few or even just one way to push on to a newer technological level, we might as well just drop the smartphones and going back to BREW phones, have it your way, Apple.
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    memadmax , March 7, 2012 5:35 AM
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    virtualban , March 7, 2012 6:35 AM
    Steve Jobs and company were trying to halt innovation; Sarah Connor and company were trying to halt innovation too;
    Steve Jobs died of cancer; Sarah Connor died of some form of cancer too;
    If you look at how the AI will rule the world, then Apple bullying around is doing the world a favour. Looking at everything else, though, as a consumer, I have to go with:
    mattberrytrdie in a fire apple

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    HappyBB , March 7, 2012 6:54 AM
    I hate patent troll!
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    del35 , March 7, 2012 7:32 AM
    It should be illegal for Apple to demand info on Android like this.

    Especially Apple history of stealing opensource and turning it into forpay. Ummmmm, me think Apple is working on its new invention; if you know what I mean? Its much better to copy and steal than to, well, INVENT. Tis the Apple way of getting out in front. Steal steal steal and lie lie lie to its herd of prerational iCrapped zombies.

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