Apple and Motorola have been butting heads quite a bit lately over in the German courts, and now it seems that over in the US, the courts have ordered both Google and Motorola to hand over information about the development of Android over to Apple with regards to a patent lawsuit. On top of that, Motorola has also been ordered to give Apple information regarding the $12.5 billion acquisition made by Google last year, which is supposedly pertaining to the patent lawsuit between Apple and Motorola filed back in 2010.
Naturally this will not sit well with either Google or Motorola, and Motorola has argued against this ruling, claiming that Google isn’t party to the lawsuit, and Motorola will be unable to provide Apple with the information especially since “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.” It certainly looks like Apple is taking things to the next level by going after the platform directly, and we have to wonder how long it will be before they go after Google themselves.
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