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Apple Inc. lost a bid to force Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) to turn over data about Google Inc. (GOOG)’s development of its Android mobile-phone operating system and planned acquisition of the mobile phone manufacturer.
U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, who in June will preside over back-to-back patent trials pitting Apple against Motorola, denied the production request in a single-paragraph order issued yesterday.
“The motion is vague and overbroad and Motorola’s objections are persuasive,” Posner wrote. The mobile phone maker’s opposition to Apple’s March 16 demand was filed under seal.