Motorola Succeeds To Win An Injunction Against Apple In German Court

November 6, 2011 | By | Reply More

We have been seeing many aggressive attacks from Apple to other manufacturers which include HTC and Samsung. Samsung was the one who paid most of the price as many of its products including, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 are still banned in some European countries.

 

Today we are not going to discuss Apple’s feud with Samsung, but the latest news is that Apple has been successfully sued by Motorola. You might be surprised to hear that, as usually it’s the other way around but not this time. Don’t get too excited because the lawsuit is in the preliminary stages yet, so its not that alarming situation for Apple. But still it seems like Apple has got a taste of its own medicine or you can also call it bad karma.

A tech blog, Electronista was the first to uncover this news, the report revealed all about the patent lawsuit filed by Motorola and court’s preliminary ruling.

According to the report, Motorola’s lawsuit against Apple is specifically based on two European patents which we are going to explain to you now:

EP 1010336 (B1): the first patent is related to the method of performing a countdown function while a mobile originated transfer is being done with radio systems.

EP 0847654 (B1): the second patent is about the method/system which is used for syncing a page status.

Motorola’s legal documents does not mention that which of the Apple’s devices have infringed the above mentioned patents but, according to a report from FOSS Patents, these patents are included in almost all of the Apple devices.

According to FOSS Patents:

Apple knows what it’s like to win injunctions against rivals. It won four of them against Samsung (two in Germany, one in the Netherlands and most recently one in Australia; all of them preliminary). Now it seems that Apple has just come out on the losing end of a patent infringement lawsuit — at least on a preliminary basis even though the actual decision on the merits has yet to be made.

Now lets move to the court’s ruling which has been made in Motorola’s favor and states that all the devices by Apple which are infringing these patents cannot be sold by Apple in Germany but the injunction if preliminary for now. It means that Apple is soon going to appeal and would want to lift the injunction as soon as possible.

Here is the official statement released by Motorola:

We will continue to assert ourselves in the protection of these [patent] assets, while also ensuring that our technologies are widely available to end-users. We hope that we are able to resolve this matter, so we can focus on creating great innovations that benefit the industry.

Apple’s spokesperson also issued a statement, take a look:

This is a procedural issue and has nothing to do with the merits of the case. It does not affect our ability to do business or sell products in Germany at this time.

As you can see, it looks like Apple is not that worried about the case yet and they know that the sales will not be affected either, but obviously it is a serious situation.

First of all, as they stated that their products have nothing to do with the patents is an overstatement as we mentioned the FOSS Patents’ report above which clearly states that there certainly is some connection and that would be same reason why court had to pass an official ruling. When we discuss the last words, at this time, it means that Apple’s products might not be banned for a few days or weeks maximum but still there is a chance that they might get banned soon.

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