Motorola Wins German Suit against Apple


Germany’s Manheim Regional Court has handed down a decision in the case of Motorola Mobility v. Apple, finding the latter party guilty of patent infringement. The ruling that Apple has violated the intellectual property of Motorola by infringing upon a “core cellular communications patents related to data packet transfer technology (GPRS)” with the iPhone is enough to warrant an injunction against the sale of products from the Cupertino-based tech behemoth, though this is likely not how the case will be resolved. Instead, expect the two parties to come to some sort of licensing agreement that should see a hefty sum of money pushed Motorola’s way. Before that happens, Apple will likely attempt to appeal the verdict. Here is Moto’s press statement:

German Court Rules in Favor of Motorola Mobility in Apple Litigation
Court grants Motorola Mobility’s requests for injunction and damages

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Dec. 9, 2011 – Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) (“Motorola Mobility”) today announced that the court in Manheim, Germany (the “Court”) has ruled that Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) European sales company, Ireland-based Apple Sales International, is infringing one of Motorola Mobility’s core cellular communications patents related to data packet transfer technology (GPRS) through its sales of the iPhone and iPad devices. The Court granted Motorola Mobility’s requests for an injunction and damages.

“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.”


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  1. f YA!!! That looks like my iphone 4 after dropping it once.  Dropped my galaxy S 50 times and still no cracks!  Samsung 2 Apple 0

    1. except in this case, its moto 1 apple 0 haha… samsung has nothing to do with this

  2. They all suck.

      1. Doesn’t affect me, so no.
        It’s nice to see Apple get a taste of their own medicine, but in the end, this will only hurt the customers if every country is going to stop certain companies from selling their products.

        1. I agree but Steve Jobs has thrown down the gauntlet and made this a fight to the death.  Steve wanted to spend 60 billion if necessary to destroy Android.  Until Apple has had several of these losses they won’t back down.

          1. If it was a fight to the death I’d say Android won.

          2. i wonder how the Apple shareholders feel about Apple spending so much of their money to try to destroy an opposition like this?  Sooner or later if they keep losing like this and in australia this week something is going to happen surely…

  3. AND I just bought a Motorola Photon 4G last night. This is music to my ears.

  4. YAY!   Suck it Apple!


  6. Score 1 for the good guys!

  7. about time apple gets a bite taken out of it’s ass

  8. Major iFail by iLegal (Referring to the lawyers and not to be confused with iLLegal, the people that handle the fake police searches) The lawyers should have gotten advice from SiRi, maybe she would have told them something insightful such as, “those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” but chances are she would have just sent them to an anti-abortion workshop, which is bad for mankind being that  we’d be a better society without any more of those people.

  9. Haw haw haw, that’s what Apple gets for starting this litigation windstorm. Now they can suck on it. Maybe if they get slapped in the face a couple dozen more times like this they’ll finally shut up and just worry about making a good product instead of trying to sue everyone for making a rectangle.

  10. So it’s coming back to bite them.
    I still don’t see the need for the blatant fanboyism displayed here.

    People in glass houses should not throw stones, that goes for both sides.

    1. Imagine that, fanboys on a site named Phandroid!  

      1. I just don’t see how it benefits either side.
        There are fans, and there are fanboys.

        1. It’s like rooting for a sports team with an intense rivalry, there’s nothing wrong with a good bit of rivalry and trash talk.

        2. Winning this lawsuit might teach Apple a lesson. Apple really needs to learn that suing everybody isn’t the answer, when they’re infringing on patents as well. 

          I want everyone to be able to have a choice, not just for Android to win. All these lawsuits from Apple against various Android manufacturers is them saying “We want to control the market.” Apple doesn’t want you to have a choice in which phone you have. Therefore, any win against Apple, is a win for the consumers.

    2. Haha fanboys trolling android. Very funny indeed.

    3. but thats the thing, android is clearly a house of brick, not glass…. apple on the other hand….. welllllll just look at the apple store in NY….. alllll glass baby

  11. Like by the sword, die by the sword!

    1. Not really. 3G technology must be offered on non-discriminatory terms. Meaning that apple just needs to pay a license fee. Which is the same that very other manufacture pays. Moto can’t prevent Apple from selling devices or charge them more. Thems the breaks, I guess.

      1. Cant they refuse to sell their license and limit them?

        1. Unfortunately no. Part of submitting your patents to GSM means that everyone can license them on the same terms. So, Apple gets to pay the same as Samsung. You can’t charge one licensee more just because they are a-holes.

  12. Love to see Apple getting steamrolled in Manheim. Merry Freakin’ Christmas.

  13. The thing is that Moto offered this patent to Apple back in 2007 with non-discriminatory terms which Apple rejected because they wanted special terms.  Since Apple rejected non-discriminatory terms Moto is within its rights to sue even if it is a FRAND patent. 

  14. Sweet :-D any time apple takes a hit an Android gets its wings ;-)


  16. Woot. Nice to see justice served

  17. Apple has been getting mighty sue happy lately, about time they got kicked square in the mouth!

  18. How d’you like them apples, Apple?

    1. Wouldn’t it be how d’you like them oranges, Apple? :D

  19. apple is finish.. next microsoft!!. and than, long live open source, long live linux and long live android. FREEDOOOOOOOOOM

  20. A statement from Andy to Apple, “I didn’t come here to tell you how this would end, I came here to tell you how this is going to begin….”

  21. Everyone make no mistake, this is a victory for ALL Android OEM’s. Samsung and HTC will benefit from this as it sets precedence in all courts around the world. Apple decided it wanted to take on a war on multiple fronts but its not going to be able to hold back everyone. They have been focusing so much on Samsung, Moto comes up and kicks them in the nuts. Now that they are trying to get back on their feet….HTC or Samsung is gonna kick them in the nuts again. Mark my words, in 5 years they will bleed through ALL of that 40b in cash they have just to fend off the IP attacks and in license agreements they are going to have to do with everyone. So of that 300 for that iphone 275 is gonna go to Android OEM’s hahaha. Now with Moto having Google 100% behind them and Google’s bank account…..Might wanna sell your Apple stock soon :D

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