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Apple Gets Android Secrets
Judge ordered Google & Motorola Mobility to turn over information Apple has been seeking about Google’s acquisition of Android
By: Maureen O'Gara
Mar. 12, 2012 07:00 AM
US Circuit Court Judge Richard Posner, probably America's most eminent jurist, ordered Google and Motorola Mobility to turn over information Apple has been seeking about Google's acquisition of Android Inc, the development of the Android operating system and the pending $12.5 billion Google-MMI merger.
His order Monday reads, "Motorola shall be expected to obtain full and immediate compliance by Google with Apple's liability discovery demands." The discovery is supposed to help Apple calculate damages.
As you might expect, MMI resisted Apple's laundry list of demands, arguing that Google isn't party to the lawsuit and can't be compelled to turn over documents. It will probably put up further resistance but FOSS Patents figures it's possible Apple might find a smoking gun even if the broad discovery it's been granted is curtailed.
Posner, an IP expert, is presiding over a patent infringement suit Apple filed against MMI in 2010. MMI countersued. Posner has scheduled separate trials before different juries starting June 11 starting with whether MMI violates six Apple patents.
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