In the latest installment of the seemingly never-ending courtroom saga between Apple and Motorola, a US judge has made a slightly bizarre request. I’m no law talking guy, but it don’t make much sense to me.
Essentially, Google and Motorola have been ordered to hand over documents detailing Android roadmap and acquisition info, but – here’s the bizarre bit – Motorola is expected to make Google play ball. Huh?
From a Chicago courtroom, US Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner crooned: “Motorola shall be expected to obtain full and immediate compliance by Google with Apple’s liability discovery demands”.
However, a Motorola filing yesterday explains: “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.”
Judge Posner has two cases scheduled: one addressing six of Apple’s patents, and a second pertaining to three Motorola patents. Yawn.