THE LONG RUNNING patents battle between Apple and Motorola took another twist yesterday when the maker of shiny Ithings was denied access to files pertaining to Google's development of the Android operating system and its buyout of Motorola Mobility.
In a ruling yesterday, US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner ordered that Apple should not be allowed to see the papers it had requested.
"The motion is vague and overbroad and Motorola's objections are persuasive," Bloomberg quoted Posner as stating. The mobile phone maker's opposition to Apple's March 16 demand was filed under seal.
However, Posner did not rule out passing the information to Apple, but suggested that the Iphone maker amend its motion to be more specific and refer to a "manageable and particularised set of documents".
Posner will have the pleasure of sorting out much of this acrimonious dispute, which Apple began over a year ago by alleging that Google infringed multiple Apple patents to develop its Android smartphone. This Summer Posner will preside over the patent infringement trial.
Google has already received the green light from regulatory authorities in both Europe and the US to take over Motorola Mobility in a $12.5bn deal that will transfer control of some 17,000 patents to the internet search company.
At the time of writing neither Apple or Motorola have responded to requests for comment from the INQUIRER.
The blow for Apple comes after it got another legal setback earlier this week when the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled against it. In that ruling The US trade watchdog said it will terminate its investigation after finding that Motorola has not infringed Apple's patents with its mobile devices or related software.
The ITC began its investigation on 30 November, 2010 after Apple filed a complaint. µ