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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading