EDGE 2015 is starting in

Find out more EDGE 2015
Menu
German court issues injunction against Apple products

German court issues injunction against Apple products

In a battle over a Motorola patent, the court issued an injunction against sales of iPhones and iPads in Germany

A German court on Friday ruled that Apple's iPhone and iPad devices infringe a Motorola patent and issued an injunction against sales of the products in Germany, in the latest move in a long series of legal battles between the companies.

However, Apple can appeal the ruling, requesting a stay of the injunction in the meantime, according to Florian Mueller, who has been closely following patent lawsuits in the mobile industry. Mueller is a patent expert who sometimes does consulting work for companies including Microsoft.

Apple did not reply to a request for comment about its intentions.

Should Apple make the appeal but the court decline the stay, Motorola must post a €100 million (US$134 million) bond before the court will enforce the injunction, Mueller said. He posted the ruling, issued in German, on his blog.

The Mannheim Regional Court also ruled that Motorola is entitled to a damages award. The ruling is against Apple's European sales company and only impacts products sold in Germany.

This battle -- one of several ongoing between the companies around the world -- is over a Motorola patent that is essential to GPRS, a radio communication standard, Motorola said. It has been negotiating with Apple since 2007 over a license to the technology, it said. "We will continue our efforts to resolve our patent dispute as soon as practicable," Motorola said in a statement.

The injunction follows a preliminary injunction issued against Apple Inc., the U.S. parent company, by the same court last month related to the GPRS patent and another. That judgment is scheduled to be reviewed by the German court in February, Mueller said.

Other legal battles between the companies include a suit Apple filed in Germany over Motorola's Xoom, complaints both companies have brought against each other in the U.S. International Trade Commission and suits each has filed in U.S. courts over phone technologies.

Nancy Gohring covers mobile phones and cloud computing for The IDG News Service. Follow Nancy on Twitter at @idgnancy. Nancy's e-mail address is Nancy_Gohring@idg.com

EDGE 2015:: For all the latest on EDGE 2015 including the keynote speakers visit the EDGE mini-site now

2015 ARN ICT Industry Awards: Nominations for the 2015 ARN ICT Industry Awards close on June 26. NOMINATE NOW!!!

Follow Us

Join the ARN newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Appleintellectual propertylegalpatentMotorola Mobility

Upcoming

Slideshows

IN PICTURES: OKI Data Australia partner event (+10 photos)
Business Products

IN PICTURES: OKI Data Australia partner event (+10 photos)

OKI recently hosted its ChannelOne dealer forum for its executive series channel partners to get together and learn about the company's new high-performance ES8400 A3 multifunction series printers. After a welcome and business overview from OKI Data Australia managing director, Dennie Kawahara, delegates were given a comprehensive overview of the new product, as well as an update on the latest marketing initiatives and software solutions, before being treated to live demos and a product showcase. Partners were also given a preview of OKI’s upcoming A3 digital LED white toner printer. With more than 60 delegates attending from all over the country, the day concluded with dinner at Casa Ristorante Italiano in Sydney and several delegates also participated in a friendly game of golf the following morning.

IN PICTURES: OKI Data Australia partner event (+10 photos)
Email 101: 11 tips to manage your email

Email 101: 11 tips to manage your email

If you’re a college graduate entering the workforce, you may quickly find you aren’t prepared for the volume of email that awaits you in the corporate world. These 11 tips will help you master forwards, filtering and more.

Email 101: 11 tips to manage your email

iasset.com is a channel management ecosystem that automates all major aspects of the entire sales, marketing and service process, including data tracking, integrated learning, knowledge management and product lifecycle management.

Show Comments