• Apple May Be Banned from Selling iPhone and 3G iPads in Europe

    Motorola has officially acknowledged a win against Cupertino, California-based Apple Inc. after a German court ruled that Apple’s European sales office is infringing one of Motorola Mobility's core cellular communications patents.

    Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. has issued an official report announcing that the court in Manheim, Germany has ruled that Apple's European sales company (Apple Sales International), is infringing one of the former’s patents related to data packet transfer technology (GPRS).

    The infringing devices cited in the suit are the iPhone and the 3G-capable iPad tablets.

    According to the report, the German court granted Motorola Mobility's requests for an injunction and damages.

    Commenting on their initial win, Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility, remarked: "We are pleased with the court's ruling. Today's decision validates Motorola Mobility's efforts to enforce its patents against Apple's infringement.

    Offer added: "Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio that is respected by the telecommunications industry, and we are proud to leverage this portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience.”

    “We will continue to take all necessary steps to protect our intellectual property, as the Company's patent portfolio and licensing agreements with companies both in the U.S. and around the world are critical to our business. We have been negotiating with Apple and offering them reasonable licensing terms and conditions since 2007, and will continue our efforts to resolve our global patent dispute as soon as practicable," Motorola’s SVP concluded.

    The patent at heart is, in fact, one that Motorola is required to license under FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms, according to Foss Patents’ Florian Mueller.

    Apple has argued that said patent is essential to the GPRS standard, and it has been since deemed so. However, Apple could not win because it did not meet the requirements for making a binding offer to license the patent.
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. bobbintb's Avatar
      bobbintb -
      karma's a bitch, ain't it apple?
    1. Night0wl's Avatar
      Night0wl -
      Quote Originally Posted by bobbintb View Post
      karma's a bitch, ain't it apple?
      Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside that the law actually can work both ways. Unfortunately I doubt either side will learn anything from this.
    1. megabyteme's Avatar
      megabyteme -
      I'm not a fan of Apple, but I enjoy seeing them get bit by their own slimy, anti-competitive legal tricks.
    1. Cabalo's Avatar
      Cabalo -
      This was Google's idea all along since they bought Motorola. Stuff them with patents so they can go to war with Apple.
      Who's laughing now, huh ?
    1. lavino's Avatar
      lavino -
      Can't they just kinda *ALLOW* European users to go to the US iTune store to buy stuff?
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lavino View Post
      Can't they just kinda *ALLOW* European users to go to the US iTune store to buy stuff?
      I'd say this is based on selling on usage so if you imported then can't see anything stopping using.
    1. Artemis's Avatar
      Artemis -
      Quote Originally Posted by lavino View Post
      Can't they just kinda *ALLOW* European users to go to the US iTune store to buy stuff?
      This patent infringement has nothing to do with access to the iTunes store, it is a core patent of the GPRS data packet standard which is used to transfer 3g mobile data. Apple has refused to enter a licensing agreement over using GPRS for the last four years and now Motorola has gone to the courts to defend it's patents. This was also a preemptive strike by Google, since Apple had stated that Google was the next target for them after they purchased alot of Nortel intellectual property. By purchasing Motorola with it's comprehensive suite of communications property rights they have effectively put Apple on a back foot in terms of litigation by leveraging using the Nortel patents.