Nareen Melkonian
Mar 6, 2012

Google and Motorola yield to Apple: US judge requires open information flow

Apple had opened a lawsuit against Android in 2010 for alleged patent infringement. Now, both Google and Motorola must provide Apple with detailed information on the Android development process and on Android’s and Motorola’s acquisition by Google, per the directive of Judge Richard Posner of US District Court in Northern Illinois. Although Motorola has countersued Apple and both cases wait for trials in early June, the requirements laid out by the Judge are part of the general suit. Apple argued that it had a right to view such records because the two patents it has sued Android for may be violated again by Google as they are necessary and difficult to work around. Technically, Motorola cannot force Google to give up information because their merger is not fully complete. However, Google has been very willing.