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Apple fights to save Christmas sales

The Local · 10 Dec 2011, 09:39

Published: 10 Dec 2011 09:39 GMT+01:00

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"We're going to appeal the court's ruling right away," Apple said in a statement emailed to Dow Jones Newswire. "Holiday shoppers in Germany should have no problem finding the iPad or iPhone they want."

Motorola said in a press release that the court found Apple's European sales company, Ireland-based Apple Sales International, was infringing on a Motorola cellular communications patent used in iPhones and iPads.

At the start of November, a Mannheim court made the default decision to stop the sales on iPhones and iPads after Apple did not attempt to debunk Motorola's patent infringement claims.

The court granted Motorola's requests for an injunction and damages, Motorola said.

An earlier Apple statement said the ruling was simply a “procedural issue,” that “does not affect our ability to sell products or do business in Germany at this time.”

There is a long-running patent dispute between Apple and Motorola over mobile technology. Apple has been aggressively defending its technology, even succeeding in having some competing Android devices temporarily banned in Germany earlier this year. Motorola is currently in the process of being purchased by Google, which makes the Android operating system.

In September, a court in Düsseldorf sided with Apple in a dispute against Samsung over the South Korean company's Galaxy tablet, which Apple said was too similar to the iPad.

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12:06 December 10, 2011 by Navigator_B
That's what Apple gets for starting a patent war against Android by trying to block the sales of Android gadgets and suing the manufacturers. Apple were were so huge that they thought they could pick off the other manufacturers one by one. That only encouraged Android 's owner Google to buy Motorola for its patent portfolio which it is now using successfuly against Apple.

Meanwhile in the past week Apple has failed in its attempts to block sales of Samsung's Android devices in Australia and the USA. Their power has made them so arrogant and deluded that their plan has completely backfired.
12:41 December 10, 2011 by boopsie
When a company like Apple spends so much money on leading tech and good design it has to take into consideration whether it can protect its innovations long enough to make money from them. Samsung must be laughing up its sleeve over this - hopefully Apple has learned a lesson. It would be a shame if the company that has given us fantastic products had to pull back because it could not protect itself.
09:44 December 11, 2011 by nolibs
Couldn't have happened to a nicer company. All these big companies steal patents from others, especially small people/companies that can't fight them. That being said, patent reform needs to be addressed. The amount of lawsuits is staggering, and as always it is the shyster lawyers that are the ones getting rich.
07:56 December 13, 2011 by antymat
Oh, so the patent troll now knows, how it is to be on the receiving end and doesn't like it? Too bad... What a shame... It is such a pity - the court has not been blinded by "amazingness"... Or maybe they just had an experience with amazing, ground breaking, innovative and thought differently antenna, that simply doesn't work?

But hey - Apple cannot sue for that! Other companies has not copied this innovation yet, and their antennas just work...
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