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Apple gets German ban on Motorola over photo gallery patent

updated 09:25 am EST, Thu March 1, 2012

Apple scores countering victory versus Motorola

Apple on Thursday bounced back from court defeats in Germany after it won its own ban against Motorola. A Munich-based judge ruled that the page turning in the photo gallery app, as used by Motorola's Android phones, violated Apple's patents when used in a zoomed-in mode. The feature is the same that led to Samsung changing code to avoid a ban in the Netherlands.

As with most German patent-related bans, it would be up to the victor, Apple, to enforce the ruling. The step could see Motorola not only asked to pull any covered devices from shops but, based on the court and not Apple, would also be asked to destroy the hardware.

Motorola can likely make the same changes to code to clear its sales as Samsung, but not without the risks of lost supply and time off of the market.

The win follows just days after Apple was made to turn off iCloud features in Germany and could give Apple leverage in either getting changes it wants or pushing for a settlement. Motorola may also have underlying issues after facing EU patent abuse complaints that could negate most, though not all, of its defense. [via Florian Mueller]

by MacNN Staff



  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh the humanity!

    $12.5 billion. For what, exactly? Oh yeah, now I remember.

    Motorola Mobility was loudly threatening to sue Google for patent infringement. Google fell for it, agreed to pay Motorola Mobility's extravagant markup (~50% higher than market value) and bought MMI. Evidently thinking that they could use the same patents against Apple. And partly to shut them up and avoid a potential lawsuit. Oopsie.

    Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on me again. Fool me three times, and I'm your new best friend.

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