Google Inc. wants to protect confidential information about its business plans related to Android smartphone operating system in the upcoming antitrust trial against AT&T and T-Mobile.
Google filed a motion in Washington federal court Tuesday evening asking a judge for prior disclosure so it can contest the disclosure of confidential information in the case.
Google says it turned over competitively sensitive documents to the Justice Department in the investigation of the merger between the two phone companies. The company says that information includes but is not limited to product development and launch plans related to Android.
T-Mobile had the first handset using the Android operating system
Google could be the first of many companies to request such a protection in the case scheduled for trial in February.