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A buyer tests Motorola’s Droid Bionic 4G phone. | AP file

A buyer tests Motorola’s Droid Bionic 4G phone. | AP file

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Updated: April 10, 2012 10:53AM



A U.S. District Court judge in Chicago has ruled that Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. must hand over to Apple Inc. information about the Android operating system and Google’s planned acquisition of Motorola for $12.5 billion.

Judge Richard Posner on Monday granted Apple’s request to compel Motorola Mobility and Google to provide the information.

Apple is in a global patent fight with Motorola Mobility and with other cellphone makers that use Android. Motorola has countersued Apple.

Neither Motorola nor Google would comment on the ruling. An Apple spokesperson did not return a call and e-mail by deadline.

Apple claims Motorola Mobility — the Libertyville-based smartphone and set-top TV-box businesses of the old Motorola Inc. — violated certain patents that Apple owns. In a biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs published last year, Jobs is quoted by author Walter Isaacson as claiming that Android was “a stolen product.”

Apple wants information on Google’s planned takeover of Motorola Mobility to show how highly Google values certain Android features that Apple alleges came from its iPhone. Motorola Mobility has argued in court that Google shouldn’t be a party to the case because Google doesn’t control Motorola, and Motorola cannot force Google “to produce documents or witnesses over Google’s objections,” according to court documents.

Posner also ordered Motorola to submit by Wednesday a separate patent that Apple disputes.

Posner has scheduled trials on the patent disputes in June.



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