Google and a Motorola Mobility were ordered by the U.S. judge presiding over the Apple patent lawsuit to turn over information about the development of Google’s Android operating system. Google Inc. must also hand over to Apple information about their pending $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility said U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner. Apple’s attorneys’ said “The Android/Motorola acquisition discovery is highly relevant to Apple’s claims and defenses.” Motorola shot back and opposed Apple's request by saying that Google is not a party to the lawsuit:
Judge Richard A. Posner has scheduled back-to-back trials before separate juries starting June 11. The first will address six Apple patents, and the second will cover three Motorola patents.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.
And so it goes, just another day in patent lawsuit land.