Motorola Wins Injunction Against Apple in Germany

By , Dec 9, 2011

Motorola Mobility has just announced that it has scored a major victory in its ongoing patent war with Apple. Just as the iPhone-makers have done to Samsung, Motorola has just won an injunction that bans the import of 3G iPads and iPhones into Germany.

This will be the company’s second German court victory in as many months, but the ramifications for Apple are a lot more serious this time around. Unless Apple wins an appeal, it will be forced to stop shipping some of its biggest products into the country…

According to FOSSPatents, a Mannheim Regional Court just granted Motorola Mobility an injunction, banning the import of iPhones and 3G-capable iPads into Germany. The patent-in-suit is a European Patent regarding mobile-originated wireless packet transfers (data).

The court’s ruling today not only blocks iPhone and iPad shipments, but it also contains an order for Apple to pay a yet-to-be determined amount to Motorola in damages. That amount will be defined by the German-based sales of Apple’s infringing products from past years.

Here’s what Apple told AllThingsD about the ruling:

“We’re going to appeal the court’s ruling right away. Holiday shoppers in Germany should have no problem finding the iPad or iPhone they want.”

Even if Apple doesn’t win an appeal against the injunction, the ban only applies to the importing of products. The company will be able to continue to sell current inventory in Germany as usual, and word on the street is it’s got plenty of it.

But make no mistake about it, this was a huge win for Motorola that will likely help it in future patent lawsuits against Apple. Also keep in mind that Google put up over $12 billion dollars to buy the company for this very reason — patent leverage.

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  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    Another one …haha

  • http://twitter.com/_HROH HA RO

    This will be messy

  • Gdghgfgjy Ggjffv

    PWNED!!!!! In your face Apple!

  • http://twitter.com/JorgeGZC Jorge Gonzalez

    take that apple!! right in your ass!! sweet revenge HA!!

  • Jon Garrett

    I wonder if Samsung was offered a bond or requested one and it was turned down. 6 months after its release, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is finally available for sale in Australia. I wonder how much money Samsung lost and if they will be compensated or sue Apple for damages.

    Either way, these patent wars are really stupid and in the end will wind up costing us (the consumers). there should be no such thing as software patents and hardware only for truly unique features, not vague sh!t like “a rectangle with rounded corners.”

  • http://twitter.com/iphoneblogr iphoneblogr

    Eat it Apple. That’s what you get.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Diakogiannis/1209608266 John Diakogiannis

    apple finally got a taste of its own medicine. But one thing, i thought this case was for all of Europe, not just germany.

  • Anonymous

    Apple still is going to get their ipads /iphones sold in germany this holiday, so apple still wins