Google, Motorola ordered to share Android details with Apple

Mar 09, 2012 By Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility have been ordered to disclose details on the development of the Android operating system to arguably their biggest rival - Apple Inc.

The order came down Monday from Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, in a U.S. district court in Chicago, as part of an ongoing patent suit between Apple and Motorola Mobility over Android.

Posner also ordered the two companies to provide information on Google's ongoing purchase of Motorola Mobility, as well as Google's purchase of Android Inc. in 2005.

is looking to complete a $12.5 billion takeover of Motorola Mobility, which makes phones and tablets that run on the Android OS. So far, the and regulators in Europe have approved Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility.

The at the center of the fight was filed by Apple in 2010; Motorola later countersued.

Apple and Motorola have made requests for information from the other in , and not every request was granted. Posner denied Motorola's request to have Boris Teksler, Apple's director of and strategy, testify in upcoming trials planned in the suit.

In June, a trial regarding Apple's claims that Motorola Mobility has infringed on six of its patents will begin. After that wraps up, a second trial will take place over Motorola's claim that Apple's has violated three of its patents.

The Chicago suits between Apple and Motorola are part of large number of patent battles between Apple and hardware makers, including HTC and Samsung, that use Android, the most widely used mobile operating system in the world.

The patent battle between Apple and Android users is currently taking place Germany, Europe, Asia and Australia, with more than 20 suits having been filed in at least 10 countries.

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Au-Pu
5 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2012
"Wouldn't it be luverly" (as Julie Andrews would sing).
If they could make a composite of the best of both systems.
That would be far more constructive. Far better than pouring millions of dollars into the pockets of avaricious solicitors (none of whom ever produce anything of value. Solicitors are the ultimate parasites). It would give the public what they want, a good universal system capable of seamless communication with others regardless of what or who their providers were.
It would be good to think of the customer first.
Do that and the empire will follow.
maxcypher
5 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2012
I agree with you, but people are selfish. So, this is what we get.
Ironhorse
5 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2012
It would be even more lovely if the patent system was revamped as a result of these lawsuits so that only technology, not methodology, was able to be patented, it would get rid of the majority of software patents.
ryggesogn2
3 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2012
It would be even more lovely if the patent system was revamped as a result of these lawsuits so that only technology, not methodology, was able to be patented, it would get rid of the majority of software patents.

Who will create new code if anyone can steal it?

ryggesogn2
3 / 5 (4) Mar 10, 2012
I agree with you, but people are selfish. So, this is what we get.

Do you work for free?
If not, you are selfish.
Or, maybe your are on welfare and live of the wealth of others?
Then you are selfish.
Ironhorse
not rated yet Mar 10, 2012
It would be even more lovely if the patent system was revamped as a result of these lawsuits so that only technology, not methodology, was able to be patented, it would get rid of the majority of software patents.

Who will create new code if anyone can steal it?



Whoever they are, hopefully they can code better than the people who are doing it presently. ;P
ryggesogn2
3 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2012
It would be even more lovely if the patent system was revamped as a result of these lawsuits so that only technology, not methodology, was able to be patented, it would get rid of the majority of software patents.

Who will create new code if anyone can steal it?



Whoever they are, hopefully they can code better than the people who are doing it presently. ;P

Will you pay for it?
Ironhorse
not rated yet Mar 11, 2012
It would be even more lovely if the patent system was revamped as a result of these lawsuits so that only technology, not methodology, was able to be patented, it would get rid of the majority of software patents.

Who will create new code if anyone can steal it?



Whoever they are, hopefully they can code better than the people who are doing it presently. ;P

Will you pay for it?


I always pay, unless it's offered for free. I'm just choosier as to what and when I buy, rather than buying just because it's there.