“Last Friday, Apple’s attorney Robert T. Haslam of Covington & Burling, filed what is known as a ‘Letters Rogatory,’” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“By definition, such an action is a formal written request made by one judicial body to another court in a different, independent jurisdiction that a witness who resides in that jurisdiction be examined through the use of interrogatories accompanying the request,” Purcher reports. “In this case, Apple is seeking to bring Ericsson Inc. into discovery so as to strengthen their defense against the case brought by Motorola before the International Trade Commission and in Germany.”

Purcher reports, “The testimony from Ericsson could help to establish a defense of unfair competition.”

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