Apple suing Motorola in Europe for Xoom design

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Apple was recently successful in blocking the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet in Europe, and it looks like it may seek an injunction against Motorola for its Xoom tablet as well. Google, maker of the Android mobile platform, has openly accused Apple of going after Android hardware makers because the iPhone maker itself is more focused on lawsuits, rather than innovation. Google also says that it will support and defend its hardware partners.

FOSS Patents reports:

That passage says that Apple filed with the same court (district court of Düsseldorf) a complaint over the design of the Motorola Xoom, but it doesn’t state whether that complaint included a request for a preliminary injunction. While it’s not stated explicitly, I suppose that the complaint against Motorola also asks the court for an EU-wide injunction — but perhaps just for a permanent injunction without a previous preliminary one.

The other company that Apple sued in Germany, JAY-tech, was served a preliminary injunction, and according to Apple’s representations, it was upheld by the court “in its entirety” even after a hearing. The complaint doesn’t say on which operating system JAY-tech’s banned tablet was going to run, but Android would be by far and away the most likely option.

Although Apple may not be seeking an injunction against Motorola for its Xoom Android tablet, there is a possibility that that might be the course of action. It’s also likely, if its success against Samsung is an indicator, that Apple will get what it wants in an EU court. Or it may go the other way, as FOSS says, “It’s possible that Apple has also been aware of the Xoom for too long to file for a preliminary injunction at this stage.”

At this point, it does seem like Apple isn’t going to relent when it comes to dealing with its competitors. This could be bad news for consumers, however, since there are few viable tablet options competing against the iPad. While Apple accuses companies like Samsung and Motorola for failing to innovate, it is also stifling the ability to innovate with these lawsuits.

  • Swooosh

    Apple is way out of hand. Just because they are not the only kid of the block does not mean they can kill off any competition. They are trying to create a monopoly just like at&t aka mamma bell.

  • thehound

    Apple are throwing their toys outta the pram again, its about time they stop throwing their weight about or it will be us, the consumer who tells Old Grannie Smith where you are supposed to put a Pad, and that´s only ´cause it usually once a month!

    • http://getyourgadgetsgoing.com Tristan Thomas

      Now in english…?

    • http://getyourgadgetsgoing.com Tristan Thomas

      Now in english…?

  • Anonymous

    What do they care?  They know that websites like this will still write 20 articles a day about how great apple is, how magical their products are, and how un-sexy the competition is. you know, the blatant advertising of their gear to the unknowing.

    its not like everyone will suddenly boycott them by not pusrchasing or even praising them. 

    Nah! apple know you are hooked like a speedy gonzales is to coffee.

  • Gregory C Newman

    wow it seems if you put any curves on the corners of your Tablet design Apple will say you are copying their I pad. Motorla could win this one because their screen is a 16 x 9 aspect ratio
    sceen and the Ipad is 4 x 3.. Today most tablets have rounded off corners is apple going to sue them all as Ipad look a likes. This could get rediculous

    • http://getyourgadgetsgoing.com Tristan Thomas

      The German courts pretty much said that only Apple can make thin tablets. This whole thing is stupid and pissing me off. 

    • http://getyourgadgetsgoing.com Tristan Thomas

      The German courts pretty much said that only Apple can make thin tablets. This whole thing is stupid and pissing me off. 

  • http://www.roulettegratis.se Ellie Kenon

    is the lawsuit about technology or design?
    i have always been anti apple but hearing people talk about the iphone 4 and reading reviews i caught the bug and had to have one. i have had mine for about 4 months and i still love it and play with it as much as i did the first day.

    they really do make a good product

    • http://getyourgadgetsgoing.com Tristan Thomas

      We don’t know yet. It’s probably design. However I am not sure if people would confuse this thick beast for an iPad. 

    • http://getyourgadgetsgoing.com Tristan Thomas

      We don’t know yet. It’s probably design. However I am not sure if people would confuse this thick beast for an iPad. 

  • http://www.roulettegratis.se Ellie Kenon

    is the lawsuit about technology or design?
    i have always been anti apple but hearing people talk about the iphone 4 and reading reviews i caught the bug and had to have one. i have had mine for about 4 months and i still love it and play with it as much as i did the first day.

    they really do make a good product

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