U.S. court asks Google to hand over Android development data

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A U.S. court has asked Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. to hand over information on Google’s Android operating system, as part of a patent lawsuit filed by Apple in 2010.

U.S federal court judge Richard Posner has demanded information about Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola and documentation of Google’s Android operating system.

In a March 2nd filing, Apple stated that many Motorola devices have infringed upon its patents involving touch screen interfaces and other technologies.

“The Android/Motorola acquisition discovery is highly relevant to Apple’s claims and defenses,” Apple’s lawyers stated, requesting the judge’s order.

Motorola Mobility Lawyers opposed Apple’s request saying that Google is not a part of the lawsuit and Motorola cannot force Google to provide documents or witnesses over Google’s objections.

Posner has scheduled back-to-back trials before separate juries starting June 11. The first trial will address six Apple patents, and the second will cover three Motorola patents.

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