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Friday, 12 August 2011 12:39

Google asks for Microsoft witness to be silenced

Written by Nick Farell


Stevenson has seen our secret code
Google has asked the US International Trade Commission to stop a Microsoft's expert witnesses from testifying in the row between Motorola and Microsoft.

The search engine outfit claims that Microsoft-hired expert Robert Stevenson has seen the secret source code for its Android operating system and it never gave him permission. However it is unclear what Google is worried about. It might be concerned that Redmond is trying to widen the brief to get Android ruled a patent rip-off without it being there to defend itself.

According to Cnet, the row between Microsoft and Motorola is based on patent claims. Redmond thinks that Motorola phones running Google's Android violate its patents. The complaints with the ITC aim to keep infringing products and services from being sold in the US.

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+2 #1 Alterecho 2011-08-12 13:54
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Robert Stevenson has seen the secret source


Maybe thats why he's the witness.
 
 
-1 #2 PorscheRacer14 2011-08-12 18:44
Google's acting like the young, small Google from 10 years ago. They aren't small, they're a huge company like Microsoft and will be treated as such. They had opportunities to get in on the Nortel patent bids with Apple, Microsoft and who ever else was in on the pact. They didn't, because they wanted the patents for themselves. Microsoft's been playing the patent game for 15 years and showed Google how the big boys play.
 

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