Motorola wins iPad, iPhone sales injunction in Germany

February 3, 2012

Motorola Mobility's original complaint, filed in April 2011, argued that Apple's iCloud cloud-based data syncing service had infringed upon its own patent for a "multiple pager status synchronization system".

The injunction, which was announced this morning, could block the sales of iPhones and iPads across Germany. 

Apple is expected to appeal the decision. If Motorola Mobility chooses, it could enforce the injunction immediately by posting a EUR100 million bond. However, if it does so and Apple's appeal is upheld, Motorola would be liable for damages that exceed the bond amount. 

In recent months, Motorola has also sued Apple in the United States for patent infringements related to wireless antennae, software, messaging, and more related to the iPhone 4S and iCloud service. 

UPDATE: Apple confirmed that it is already appealing this case. "Apple believes this old pager patent is invalid, and we're appealing the court's decision," the company told paidContent in an emailed statement.

The statement went on to say: "While some iPad and iPhone models are not available through Apple's online store in Germany right now, customers should have no problem finding them at one of our retails stores or authorized reseller. Apple is appealing this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on  reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago."


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