Motorola has won a formal injunction against Apple in Germany. The court of Mannheim has ruled that Apple infringed upon two of Motorola’s European patents: “method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system” and the second a “multiple pager status synchronization system and method”.
After the ruling, Motorola issued the following statement: “As media and mobility continue to converge, Motorola Mobility’s patented technologies are increasingly important for innovation within the wireless and communications industries, for which Motorola Mobility has developed an industry leading intellectual property portfolio. We will continue to assert ourselves in the protection of these assets, while also ensuring that our technologies are widely available to end-users. We hope that we are able to resolve this matter, so we can focus on creating great innovations that benefit the industry.”
While many sites are reporting that the ruling blocks the sale of Apple products in Germany, Apple however made the following statement to several news outlets: “This is a procedural issue, and has nothing to do with the merits of the case,” Apple said in a statement. “It does not affect our ability to sell products or do business in Germany at this time.”
As noted by The Verge, Apple is represented in Germany by two organizations:Apple Inc. and Apple Germany. The ruling was against Apple Inc, which does not sell products in the country, and was a default ruling because Apple failed to respond to the court in a timely matter (although it does plan on appealing the ruling). Apple Germany (which actually sells Apple products) is still fighting its battle with Motorola in country.
In theory, since Motorola didn’t actually win the case against the company that sells the products, the win is mostly symbolic and doesn’t actually block the sale of any Apple products in the country.