iPad, iPhone Ban Overturned

Motorola's patent infringement ruling in Germany doesn't last long

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 4, 2012 2:15 PM CST

(Newser) – Apple's enormous profit machine stuttered momentarily in Germany today when Motorola enforced a patent infringement ruling against iPads and iPhones, banning their sale for a short time, the BBC reports. An appeals court yanked the ban after Apple made a new offer to license the patent. "A suspension like this is available only against a bond, but Apple is almost drowning in cash and obviously won't have had a problem with obtaining and posting a bond," wrote a patent consultant in his blog.

At issue was Apple's use of a "a packet radio system" technology in older iPhones and 3G iPads; Motorola and Apple couldn't agree on how much Apple owed for using it up until now. In another patent case, German iPhone users could lose out on push emails using iCloud if Motorola presses the issue. Apple has also filed patent claims of its own against Motorola in Germany.

Apple computer fans hold their iPhone and iPad displaying candle graphics during a candle light vigil to pay tribute to Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO, at an Apple Store in the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Jobs died on Wednesday at the age...
Apple computer fans hold their iPhone and iPad displaying candle graphics during a candle light vigil to pay tribute to Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO, at an Apple Store in the Ginza shopping...   (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
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