Apple wants Android source code as part of the lawsuit against Samsung

Apple wants Android source code as part of the lawsuit against Samsung

Apple is “extending” its legal battle with Samsung (and Google) by asking a judge to force Google to turn over documents related to its Android operating system.

As part of its second patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung, the Cupertino-based company argues that Android is used in all of Samsung’s allegedly infringing products and “provides much of the accused functionality.”

According to Apple’s lawyer Mark Lyon, this is a question of transparency, and they [Apple] have concerns that Samsung (and Google) are not doing a full search.

Matthew Warren, a lawyer for Google who also represents Samsung, says that as a third-party to the case, Google doesn’t have the same legal rights that Apple and Samsung have, in particular with respect to “reciprocal discovery.”

The second patent suit follows a previous case in which a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion, finding Samsung infringed six of Apple’s mobile-device patents. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh later lowered the damages total to $639.4 million and ordered a new trial in November for some of the products at issue in that case.

[Via: BusinessWeek]

  • PeterSteinbeck

    Will this lawsuit finally end?

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