Motorola Mobility Wins Formal Injunction Against Apple In Germany, But Apple Says It Is Not Significant

Posted Nov 5, 2011

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is in the midst of a patent war with Motorola Mobility, a company that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced that they would be acquiring. Through the acquisition, Google gets access to 17,000 Motorola patents. Using those patents, Motorola won an injunction against Apple in Germany. However this judgment does not mean that Apple will be stopped from selling their products in Germany. This is because the lawsuit took aim at Apple Inc. as a whole rather than their local subsidiary in that region.

Patent-tracking blog FOSS Patents posted the default judgment by the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany. The Regional Court in Germany granted Motorola Mobility an injunction against Apple for infringing on two of their patents. This ruling does not include any specific Apple products.

“We will continue to assert ourselves in the protection of these assets, while also ensuring that our technologies are widely available to end users,” stated Motorola spokesperson Jennifer Erickson in a note to CNET. “We hope that we are able to resolve this matter, so we can focus on creating great innovations that benefit the industry.”

Apple downplayed the patent issue. “This is a procedural issue and has nothing to do with the merits of the case,” stated Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet. “It does not affect our ability to do business or sell products in Germany at this time.”

The patents that Motorola used in this case are both European. One was for a “method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system” and the other was for a “multiple pager status synchronization system and method.” Both of these patents have a counterpart that were filed in the United States sometime in the 1990’s.

[FOSS Patents]