Google And Motorola Ordered To Share Android Development Data With Apple

With help from U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, Apple might have won an important battle in their ongoing patent war against Google. What’s interesting is that Apple used their legal battle with Motorola to get to Google, based on the recent merger of the latter. Just in case you are not aware of this yet, Apple is suing (with limited success this far) almost every smartphone producer out there for supposedly broken patents.

In a patent lawsuit filed by Apple against Motorola Mobility in 2010 and ruled on Tuesday in Chicago, Posner ordered Google and Motorola to hand over data regarding their merger, as well as info regarding the development of the Android OS. Exactly what Apple is hoping to learn from this is unclear at this point, but according Apple’s lawyers, “the Android/Motorola acquisition discovery is highly relevant to Apple’s claims and defenses”. Most likely, Apple wants to uncover other patents that they can attack in court, but this is just a supposition.

Although both EU and U.S. authorities gave their “go” on Google’s acquisition of Motorola, the deal is still under review, pending acceptance and finalization by the end of the month. During the past few weeks though, Google has struggled to make it crystal-clear that Motorola will be treated as a separate entity, a lot like a third-party manufacturer, if you will. Motorola has opposed Apple’s initial request to learn details of the merger, invoking exactly the same reason: “Google’s employees and documents are not within the ‘possession, custody, or control’ of Motorola, and Motorola cannot force Google to produce documents or witnesses over Google’s objections”.

The Motorola/Google vs Apple patent war is far from over though, as the same judge has scheduled two back-to-back trials (with separate juries) starting June 11’th. One trial will address six Apple patents supposedly broken by Motorola, while the other will address three Motorola patents supposedly broken by Apple.

Mike Andrici
Growing up in my father's PC store, I was surrounded by and developed a passion for technology ever since I was in kindergarten. However, advancements made in the technology world continue to amaze me on a daily basis! I've been writing about the Android OS since back in October 2008, when Google and HTC launched the first Android smartphone ever, the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream. Although I'm no company's fanboy, Android is the mobile OS I devoutly support.
  • Rob1003

    I’m so sick of this shit! Google didn’t own Motorola in 2010 when the case was filed and it should be handled that way. Has the judge been promised a first off the line iPad 3 or something?

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  • Emmanuelquiroz

    i think apple has some thing to do with all that is going on cause every time im reading news i hear apple is suing android or Samsung , Google and so on .but ill tell you what im never going back to apple cause how is Google suppose to make a better program when apple is looking for any thing they can get money for or force people to move from android to apple to give them more money in sale

    • Graham Laight

      I think that the time has come to start doing something about Apple and Microsoft’s aggressive behaviour towards open source software. A company called Article One has proven, over and over again, that fake patents can be busted in court. We need to form an online club to aggressively hunt and kill the fake patents being used to protect monopoly business rather than genuine intellectual property.

      In case anyone thinks that the usage of the expression “fake patents” is inappropriate, please take 2 minutes to look at the main patent that Apple has been using as a stick to beat Google and HTC with: transforming an email address or a phone number into a link in a markup language like HTML entails doing a simple search and replace with a regular expression (the patent language even uses the actual expression “regular expression”). All web languages (e.g. PHP, C++, C#, JavaScript, Java etc) have had regular expressions for a long time, and regular expressions were invented by a mathematician in the 1950s. The idea that any software engineer would have taken longer than a minute to choose this solution is risible.

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  • Just let it go, guys.