On Tuesday, a German court found Motorola’s Xoom tablet clear of Apple’s infringement charges and thus denied the iPhone maker’s EU ban request against the product. However, Motorola’s motion to invalidate the company’s community design rights for the iPad meant to protect the distinctive looks of the device was dismissed as well.
At Wednesday’s hearing in an Illinois district court, Judge Richard Posner who oversees the Apple vs. Motorola case didn’t make any decision. However, he did note injunctive relief against Motorola’s devices could have devastating effects.
According to attorney Matthew Powers, Apple was not pushing for a ban on handsets in question and would be pleased with an injunction, which would require the Droid maker to replace certain Apple-patented technology used in its products within three months. If an injunction was granted, Motorola would be forced to utilize its own technology, drawing a further distinction between the iPhone and Android smartphones.
On Saturday, both Google and Motorola announced their proposed merger has been approved by China. Back in February, the two companies received permission from the U.S. justice department and European Commission and had been waiting for China to speak its final word.
The country’s law requires that deals between firms pricier than $63 million in China or $1.5 billon globally must be OKed by the Ministry of Commerce. The parties will expectedly close in the nearest future. However, as an approval condition, Google must keep its Android mobile OS open and free for the next five years.
Apple has just achieved an important victory in its continuing patent battle with Motorola Mobility. The Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court stated that in Germany Motorola Mobility is not allowed to enforce its essential, standard patents against Apple until the companies are involved in an appeal. FOSS Patents has been the first to make a report regarding the development.
The California device maker has scored a crucial legal victory over Motorola in a Munich court, as the telecom giant was permanently banned from using Apple’s unlock motion patent. The company’s current handsets allegedly imitate two techniques first introduced on the iPhone in 2007. Out of three different embodiments evaluated by the court, Apple won on the two featured in Motorola’s phones. Exemption of a third representation targeting the Xoom and likely Xyboard, however, may indicate that Apple hasn’t managed to get Android 3 and 4 devices banned.
According to Foss Patents, Motorola has failed to impose another 3G/UMTS-based patent ban against the iPhone builder in the Mannheim Regional Court. Evidence brought forward by Motorola’s lawyers was dismissed as inconclusive. Instead of presenting sufficient evidence of Apple violating the patent in question, Motorola had made an attempt to argue that the company had to have infringed on the patent by default, since it has been found essential to the 3G/UMTS standard.