• German Court Close to Ruling in Favor of Motorola Mobility in Patent Case Against Apple

    A German court is extremely close to ruling against Apple and in favor of Motorola in an iCloud related patent infringement suit.

    According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, Friday was a horrible day for Apple as the court appears to not believe any of Apple’s arguments. Mueller is confident if the court had to rule Friday they would have ruled in favor of Motorola mobility. The lawsuit revolves around European Patent 0847654 (B1) “Multiple Pager Status Synchronization System and Method. It’s the equivalent of the U.S. Patent No. 5,754,119.

    Mueller seems convinced the biggest issue for Apple is any device utilizing iCloud would most likely be infringing on the patent and come under scrutiny.

    “The issue for Apple here is that it would probably (if not almost certainly) be accused of infringing the patent-in-suit with any products containing the iCloud client software. While the patents covers a synchronization technology that requires a server, and Apple Sales International does not operate the servers (maybe Apple Inc. does, or otherwise some subsidiary other than the Irish distribution organization), all Apple devices containing the client software could be deemed to infringe the patent-in-suit contributorily." — Mueller
    Apple has asked the court to set a bail of roughly 2 billion euro or $2.7 billion. This bail amount is necessary to ensure that if an injunction is put in place and later over turned they are compensated for sales lost. If the complete range of Apple can't be sold for an extended period of time the $2.7 billion could be on the low-end of the bail estimate. Especially considering how important the German market is to Apple in Europe.

    It appears Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility is already paying off.

    Source: FOSS Patents
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