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Court orders Google, Motorola to hand over Android data to Apple

News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday March 06, 2012.

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A U.S. judge has ordered Google and Motorola to hand over data related to the Android operating system to Apple as part of the litigation over the patent lawsuits between the companies. Motorola and Google must also divulge information regarding the $12.5 billion purchase of the mobile phone manufacturer by Google.

Motorola and Google will have to provide Apple with information about how Android was developed. The trials between the companies are set to start in June, and cover six patent complaints by Apple and three counter-complaints from Motorola.

Motorola contends that Google is not a party to the lawsuit and that Motorola has no ability to force Google's employees to procure documents. "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," said Motorola's lawyers in a court filing. [via Bloomberg]

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