iPhone 5, iPad mini iOS 6 source code apparently withheld by Apple in patent case against Google

November 23, 2012
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It’s not just Samsung that’s targeting Apple’s latest iOS products in patent-based lawsuits, but Google also, which is engaged in a patent battle of its own against Apple inherited from Motorola.

FOSS Patents reports that Google has recently filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida to complain that Apple has failed to provide the iOS 6 source code, or Apple’s latest OS version that’s running on the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and other Apple mobile devices.

Google needs the code to “perform some infringement analysis,” and while Apple did promise to offer it, it failed to do it so far:

Google’s motion says that Apple “has, at various times, promised to produce iOS source code by or “shortly after” September 21st, by November 9th, and by November 30th”, but two months have passed now since the release of iOS 6 “and almost four months after Apple released its most recent OSX software”, whose source code Google also wants to evaluate.

Google is interested in going through the code as fast as possible in order to be prepared for the following court date in the case set for December 14. Apparently the company has to decide by then whether there are any grounds to also add Apple’s newest products to the list of iOS devices allegedly infringing Google/Motorola patents.

We’ll be back with more details about the Apple vs Android drama in the coming weeks, as we find out more details from these Apple vs Google and Apple vs Samsung cases.

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