Google and Motorola have been ordered by a U.S. judge to turn over information about the Android O.S. development to Apple. Additionally, they must also reveal information about the $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google. The decision was related to a patent lawsuit which was filed against Motorola by Apple in 2010.
“The Android/Motorola acquisition discovery is highly relevant to Apple’s claims and defenses,” said Apple’s attorneys.
Motorola has opposed the request, saying that Google isn’t directly involved in the lawsuit, and it cannot force Google to produce these 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.
Google supposedly acquired Motorola to strengthen its defense against patent trolls and competitors who are trying to force Google and its partners into submission in the form of patent licensing agreements. However, it seems that Google’s move has backfired, with it getting dragged further in Motorola’s own patent troubles.
I’m not sure if Apple is merely trolling Motorola and Google, or if the requested information is indeed critical to the lawsuit, but it would be really funny if it was the former. For now, the patent wars seem to be getting more interesting.