Apple Inc have a miserable time this week as they are facing a lawsuit in the European courts. On Friday, the giant company had a patent infringement battle with Motorola Mobility in Germany – this in the same week that a Spanish court also ruled against the Cupertino-based company.
According to a blog post written by Florian Mueller, the Mannheim Regional Court had granted Motorola Mobility a ban against Apple, maker of the iPhone and iPad.
Mueller give details that the court ruling does not specify particularly Apple products are the focus of the patent dispute. However, since the U.S. counterparts of both patents-in-suit also declared by Motorola Mobility in federal court case s in the United States, it seems that the entire range of Apple mobile devices influenced by the judgment.
However, eliminate from your mind images of store workers, which sweeps Apple’s mobile devices from the shelves of electronics shops across Germany – CNet’s Josh Lowensohn mention that the proceeding wo’t affect sales since the complains focuses at Apple Inc. and not the company’s local subsidiary in the region.
Apple’s Kristin Huguet validated the fact that their products can be sold in the European nation continually. This is a practical issue and does not affect the merits of the case. It does not influence the ability to doing business or sell products in Germany at the present.
In respond to the court decision, Motorola spokesperson Jennifer Erickson said that they are going to assert themselves just to protect such assets, at the same time, also ensuring that the technologies can be used by end-users. Jennifer also hoped that they could resolve the matter as soon as possible so that they can focus on creating extraordinary innovations that benefit the industry.
One of the copyrights at the center of the dispute concerns a “method for performing a countdown function at some point in a mobile-originated transmission for a packet radio system, whereas the other is a manifold pager status synchronization system and method.
The judgment has come in the same week that a Spanish court also rejected Apple in favor of a small tablet vendor, which follows a claim by the Cupertino company, which the Valencia-based firm had copied the design of the iPad.
An injunction on the sale of its products in Germany would of course have came as a big blow to Apple when the holiday season draws near. The Mannheim verdict is currently the latest episode in the continuing patent wars between some of the world’s electronics giants. All of them are battling with courts from around the world. It appears that they are going to be busy for quite a long time.