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Apple Wins Limited Injunction Against Motorola In Germany

Two weeks after Motorola won an injunction against Apple's iCloud in a German court, Apple has been granted the customary return pitch, winning their own injunction this week against several Motorola smartphones. The injunction concerns a rather esoteric conflict over touchscreen unlocking systems used in several Motorola devices. The catch is that Motorola has already adopted a touchscreen unlock that will feature in future devices, which means Apple's victory, at least for now, is largely symbolic.

The injunction happens just as Google's purchase of Motorola has been approved in Europe, a deal first announced back in December. Google's purchase of Motorola suggests that the dispute with Apple will continue to be resolved in the court system. Unlike Microsoft, which recently announced a new policy regarding patents that emphasizes negotiation and promises not to sue or seek injunctions against companies as a means of resolving patent disputes, Google has reserved the right seek injunctions. The lawsuit Motorola filed against Apple in January, alleging that Apple's iPhone 4S infringes on Motorola patents in at least 6 different ways, will continue apace.

Apple has been engaging in numerous fights with competitors, most notably Samsung. Their dispute went hot last summer, and has involved courts in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia. Like Motorola, Samsung has also evaded injunctions by implementing hardware and interface changes to their devices.

  • davewolfgang
    Put ALL of the lawyers in jail. If they send more lawyers, put them in jail too.
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  • Man they shouldnt let apple do anything but sell and make.

    Suing like this will just start a retard war, in the end the customer gets bent over for more cash and a crappy version of what should have been an awesome device because some company couldnt handle competition so they sued. >.>
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  • joytech22
    Dear world.

    Please fix your law systems and stop the obvious anti-competitive nature of Apple who DID NOT INVENT a lot of the things they have patented which in itself should be against the law.

    Dialing numbers from E-Mails has been available since 2003 and maybe even before, Apple didn't even make phones back then.

    Unlock screens have also been around since at least 2004+ (My first smart phone, HP iPAQ) so that's no excuse for Apple. Courts should not allow that either..

    Sincerely,
    Everyone against Apple's anti-competitive nature.
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  • tomfreak
    Cost of Iphone, 50% = hardware+software, 30% Apple's pocket, 20% = lawyer
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  • watcha
    For the record, Apple has (along with Microsoft as mentioned) also confirmed that they will not seek injunctions over FRAND patents.

    Google is the only major player who has not yet committed to not abusing FRAND patents.

    The 'Slide to unlock', while questionable, is at least nothing to do with FRAND so I believe the article shouldn't confuse the two.
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  • twelch82
    The patent system needs a major overhaul. The sooner the better. If any of these companies can prove that they had an idea that was *not* based on any prior ideas, then let them go ahead and patent. But the biggest patent troll right now is Apple, a company whose figurehead was known for saying that he promoted "shameless theft of ideas". It's time to put some sense back into the IP realm.
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  • watcha
    'Copying ideas' is not the same thing as infringing patents.

    Learn the difference.
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  • reallers
    Google is the only major player who has not yet committed to not abusing FRAND patents.
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  • Vladislaus
    watchaFor the record, Apple has (along with Microsoft as mentioned) also confirmed that they will not seek injunctions over FRAND patents.Google is the only major player who has not yet committed to not abusing FRAND patents.The 'Slide to unlock', while questionable, is at least nothing to do with FRAND so I believe the article shouldn't confuse the two.The problem is that Apple didn't invented slide to unlocked, it existed long before the iPhone.
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  • SoiledBottom
    Anyone remember the movie "Judge Dredd" with Sylvester Stallone ?

    The fast food wars was won by Taco Bell, thus making all restaurants Taco Bells.

    Is this the beginning of the technology wars where all the tech companies become one big company ?

    The future is not gonna be bright if all we have is Taco Bell and Apple.
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