GADGET DESIGNER Apple has dragged Google into its ongoing patent battle with Samsung by requesting access to the Android source code.
Bloomberg reported that Apple said Google is "improperly withholding information" about the Android mobile operating system, and has requested that the internet giant hand over documents related to the software.
Apple apparently is arguing that Google's Android mobile operating system is present on all of the devices that it claims infringe its iPhone and iPad patents, and provides "much of the accused functionality." Apple also said that the documents are key to the next stage of the patent dispute that is set to go to trial in November.
Mark Lyon, a lawyer for Apple said, "It's a question of transparency, we have concerns that they're not doing a full search."
Google lawyer Matthew Warren, who also represents Samsung, is quoted as saying that the firm is not entitled to the same legal protections as Apple or Samsung, and that handing over Android documents to Apple could lead to "future discovery that we don't think they're entitled to."
The US judge has yet to say whether Google will have to hand over the Android documents, and the firm was not available for comment at the time of writing.
The latest patent infringement case between the two rivals follows Apple's $450m win over Samsung last year, and relates to newer smartphones such as the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3. It's unclear at present whether Apple will drag the Samsung Galaxy S4 into the case too. µ