Apple is asking a U.S. District Court judge to force Google to comply with a subpoena on data the iPhone maker says will aid its case against Motorola.
Apple earlier this week filed a "motion to compel compliance with a subpoena" in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division. Patently Apple was first to discover the filing and reported on it today.
Google was slapped with a subpoena in August, requiring the company to hand over pertinent information for the discovery phase of a case that Apple is building against Motorola. According to Apple, Google has not fully complied with that subpoena, which prompted the company to ask the court to enforce it.
Apple's patent-infringement claims are against a wide range of Motorola Mobility devices. However, Motorola is owned by Google, and some of the claims Apple has brought against the company involve Google's Android operating system. A few of the patent-infringement claims also relate to Motorola's set-top-box business, which , pending closing conditions. Regardless, Apple wants information from Google on those patents.
It's not clear how Google will respond, but the company has the right to issue a brief in opposition of Apple's assertion that the search company has failed to comply.
Google declined CNET's request for comment on the motion. CNET has also contacted Apple for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.