Apple Forces Google And Motorola To Hand Over Android Development Data
I didn’t see that coming, honestly. In a Chicago Circuit Court ruling, Apple has won a ruling in its favor. Google and Motorola have been directed to hand over the data relating to Android’s development. I’m not sure how it’s related to Apple’s patent claims, but Apple has managed to score another big victory this time around.
Google and Motorola also have to hand over information relating to Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a deal worth over $12 Billion. The Cupertino is claiming that this data is highly relevant to its patent claims and defenses.
Not one to accept stuff sitting down, Motorola filed a counterclaim yesterday. Their lawyers had this to say –
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 first sentence is true, more or less. Although Google has bought Motorola, the acquisition is yet to be completed.
It gets funnily stupid yet interesting from here, eh. I just hope that we, the end users/customers, don’t suffer in the form of increased prices of devices.