Motorola has won a patent lawsuit against Apple in Germany, which could end up seeing sales of Apple’s OS devices banned in Europe, although the ruling is only a preliminary one, and Apple will obviously be appealing the ruling.
Motorola Mobility released the following statement, and it applies to Apple Sales International which is the Ireland based subsidiary of Apple, have a look at the statement from Motorola.
“We are pleased with the court’s ruling. Today’s decision validates Motorola Mobility’s efforts to enforce its patents against Apple’s infringement,” said Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility. “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.”
Apple now have to either remove the infringing functions from its iOS devices, or appeal the decision in order to stop its iOS devices being banned from Europe.