I didn’t see this coming. Giving Apple a little taste of their own medicine it seems that Motorola has won an injunction against Apple for patent infringement in Germany. The ruling came from a Mannheim Regional Court barring the sale of any Apple device that infringes on two of Motorola Mobility’s 2003 patents. The 1st Apple violating patent is related to GSM, UMTS and 3G — while the 2nd is a little more unclear. What’s more is Motorola is actually owed for past damages as well. Motorola released this 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.”
This comes as a total role reversal as it’s usually Apple on the prowl looking to bring down their competition with ridiculous patent infringement claims. With the big holiday season fast approaching us, this could be a huge win for Motorola, Android and Google. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
So, Apple…. how do you like them apples?