Apple Ban Overturned in a Matter of Hours
A morning ban of iPad and iPhone sales in Germany has been overturned in Apple’s favour. Motorola had enforced a patent ruling delivered in December forcing Apple to remove iPad and iPhone models from online stores.
A statement from Apple said: “All iPad and iPhone models will be back on sale through Apple’s online store in Germany shortly. Apple appealed this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago.”
A spokesman for Motorola was unable to comment on the case.
Patent consultant Florian Mueller who attended the Mannheim District court review told the BBC it was not yet clear exactly why the sales ban had been lifted.
“A very plausible explanation would be that Apple made a new offer to Motorola to license its standard essential patents – the new offer was certainly discussed in court this afternoon. The appeals court may have felt that meant that the suspension should be lifted.”
I am not sure how Motorola must feel at this moment. An early element of glee at Apple having to remove the offended items only for them to be back on the shelf in a matter of hours. I am no patent expert but in cases like this surely it would be easier for both sides to have settled the matter outside the court.