U.S. Federal Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner handed this verdict down in Chicago yesterday, and was the result of a countersuit from Motorola made back in 2010. Not only that, but Google and Motorola must also hand over information about Google's 12 billion dollar purchase of the handset maker directly to Apple as well.
This is getting really crazy, and it's only the beginning. Judge Posner has scheduled multiple back to back trials all with seperate juries beginning on June 11th. The first will address six Apple patents, and the second will cover three of Motorola's patents.
Google and Motorola's response?:
“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“, which pretty much translates as "$!@€ off!“ in the tech world. Considering that Google isn't actually a party to the lawsuit, the request seems reasonable, but only time will tell if it does to the judge.
Goolge spokeswoman Niki Fenwick responded in an email saying that Google wouldn't comment beyond what was submitted in court papers.
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