Motorola wins preliminary injunction against iPhone, iPad in Germany

Motorola won a preliminary injunction targeting the sales of Apple’s iOS devices in Germany recently. This would ban Apple from selling any devices there that infringe on two of Motorola’s wireless technology patents. Apple isn’t too worried about it, though. Motorola only won by default, since a representative for Apple didn’t even show up in court.

Because this a preliminary ruling, it doesn’t actually place a ban on infringing devices, which would be the iPhone and iPad. A spokesperson for Apple said “This is a procedural issue and has nothing to do with the merits of the case. It does not affect our ability to sell products or do business in Germany at this time.” Vodafone Germany isn’t worried about the verdict either. The carrier still proudly advertises the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

Assuming the masterminds of Cupertino disagree with Motorola’s current victory — and that would be a very good assumption to make — means that Apple now has to file for an appeal. Once the case advances, Apple may need to pay up to a €250,000 fine in order to keep selling its products in Germany. The company has yet to announce its plans going forward.

Meanwhile, Apple remains in legal conflict with other manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung, though it has proven much more successful in these cases.

[via MacWorld UK]

  • Wait a minute, Apple got the nerve not to show up in court. Talk about arrogance. They know they have no case, and they just want to prolong the process as long as possible especially as the holidays are approaching

    • ZachHopper316

      U are not very educated in law proceedings are you?
      Even the author messed this one up so it’s ok.
      They won an injunction agains apple inc. NOT apple Germany – aka the apple that sells in Germany – so the company apple Germany can still sell products without any penalty. They didint defend the apple in case because they only sell to north America. It’s like me saying to meet me in court or else no one can read this article in the new York times when this article is clearly on the Internet and not in print.

    • I’m sure there’s a lot of different viewpoints on why they decided not to show up to court. I personally think Apple just didn’t take the case seriously enough.

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