A California judge in a patent case has issued a temporary restraining order to prevent Apple and Google from seeking to bring suits against each other over intellectual property.
The judge, Judge John M. Bates, issued the temporary restraining orders Monday morning.
The order does not apply to other companies or individuals.
In addition, Apple and Alphabet Inc. have until March 30 to file their claims in the case.
The lawsuits are based on the use of copyrighted music and video.
Apple sued Google in August to block its app from playing some of Google’s own copyrighted videos.
The case stems from a lawsuit by Apple that Google filed against Apple and others in 2014 alleging the apps use copyrighted music without permission.
Google accused Apple of infringing on its patents by making Apple’s own videos available through the iPhone.
Apple countered that the videos are the same as Google’s, so Apple doesn’t have a right to use them.
Apple also argued that Google didn’t actually infringe on any of its patents because Apple didn’t use the iPhone’s microphone, video camera, and microphone jack to record audio.
Apple and Google are trying to resolve the issue through an arbitration.
Apple’s case hinges on the definition of the term “intellectual” as it applies to the term in the U.S. Copyright Act.
The law defines the term to include “a work created or adapted for the purposes of, or for the purpose of facilitating, the communication, performance, or transmission of ideas, knowledge, or concepts, or a form of expression.”
Google’s case focuses on the meaning of the word “intangible.”
Google says its patents do not protect the idea that “the world is round.”
Google also argues that because its patents are the product of a single company, it is immune from suits by competitors and has no standing to bring a case against anyone else.
Apple also wants to settle the case without a jury.
Apple has argued that the court should not have the authority to hear the case because Apple is the inventor of the iPhone, which was first manufactured by Apple and sold to Google in 2009.
Apple argued that because the court’s role is to hear patent cases, it should hear cases involving products made by competitors.
In its complaint, Apple says it has been able to make more than 10 million patents that cover its inventions, including some of the most advanced technologies in history.
Apple argues that by relying on Google to manufacture its products, Apple has been granted exclusive rights to the patents in a case that is still pending.
Google’s patent lawsuit is one of several patent cases the tech companies have filed against each others in the past year.
Google, which is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., is challenging Apple in the same patent case.
Apple, which bought Google’s mobile payments business for $19.9 billion in 2016, filed a lawsuit last year accusing Google of infringing Apple’s patents for its cellular technology.
Apple filed a similar lawsuit against Apple in August in California that accuses the tech giant of infringing Google’s patents.