Google and Motorola Must Hand Apple Android Data in Lawsuit

Posted by at 3:13 am on March 6, 2012

Google and Motorola together were given a blow Monday after a Chicago district court judge determined they had to hand information over in Apple’s lawsuit against Motorola. The ruling, following a request by Apple last week, would see both hand over Android development details. Information behind the Google-Motorola merger was also being handed over.

Motorola had objected to the request, saying that Google and its information weren’t in its control and couldn’t be forced to supply information. Google wasn’t officially a member of the lawsuit, the Droid builder argued.

Google itself hadn’t commented on the request.

While the full details of what Apple wanted aren’t yet known, the request might make public elements that Google and Motorola had meant to keep private. An upheld ruling would also reject the idea that Google, Motorola’s future owner, can’t be relevant to ongoing court cases.

Apple had sued Motorola in 2010 over claims that parts of its Android implementation violated patents. Motorola also filed suit that same year.

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