As part of the ongoing patent case between Apple and Motorola Mobility (i.e. Google) in Miami, Moto/Google have been asking Apple for access to iOS 6 source code to check for patent infringements. All perfectly normal and acceptable thing to ask for. Except Apple hasn’t provided the source code, despite promises to do so for months.
FOSS Patents discusses Apple’s stalling and the fact that Google is running out of time to add new infringements to the Miami case (December 14th):
But prior to adding the iPhone 5, iPad mini and possibly other new Apple widgetry to the Miami action, Google’s litigators want to perform some infringement analysis. For this purpose, they need to look at the source code of iOS 6, the latest release of Apple’s smartphone/tablet operating system, which powers the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Now Google complaints that Apple has not provided the iOS 6 source code despite a general request for source code production made on May 30 and iOS-6-specific requests on August 7, October 25, and November 6. The last one of those requests was that Apple at least provide a “date certain”. Motorola is running out of time because the court set a December 14 deadline for accusations against new products.
From: FOSS Patents
Giving your opponent as little time as possible to review evidence is a long-standing legal tactic, there is a question buried in all this:
What is Apple hiding?
What is buried in the code of iOS 6 that could trigger more lawsuits or having, like Samsung has just done, the iPhone 5 and iPad mini added to infringement cases?
Scales of Justice by mikecogh from Flickr