Apple Has Already Beat Motorola’s German Injunction Against iPhones And iPad Sales

Apple Has Already Beat Motorola’s German Injunction Against iPhones And iPad Sales

You know that so-called “permanent injunction” Motorola got against Apple that resulted in Apple pulling all iPhones and iPads short of the iPhone 4S off their online store earlier today? Already overruled, and Germans can once again get their iPhone and iPad on.

Slashgear reports:

Apple has been granted a suspension of the German injunction against 3G-enabled iOS devices, with the iPad WiFi + 3G, iPhone 4 and other gadgets back on sale through the company’s online store. ”All iPad and iPhone models will be back on sale through Apple’s online store in Germany shortly” the company told us in a statement. “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.”

So that didn’t last long: Germans went without being able to buy an iPhone or iPad online for a little under 12 hours. Just goes to show how ridiculously insignificant and short-sighted a lot of this patent maneuvering really is for the average consumer: what’s really at stake here are higher patent licensing fees, not products going off the market.

  • ??nD ??os??A

    “Just goes to show how ridiculously insignificant and short-sighted a lot of this patent maneuvering really is for the average consumer”  Motorola surely doesn’t agree with you, they probably just started picking up an extra $10 or $20 for every 3G iPad sold in Germany. 
    Apple should raise the retail price of the iPad in Germany by exactly the amount they now have to pay Motorola for each unit. That would help demonstrate the problem. 

  • ddevito

    Awesome victory for Android. Apple wanted thermonuclear war and it seems they’re going to feel causalities, finally. This whole patent war is ridiculous to begin with. Apple should back off and spend their money on figuring out a better way to help developers push out updates to their apps – as apparently iOS apps now crash way more than Android apps. Sad really.

    (I’d post a link to the Forbes article about iOS apps crashing but this site would block my post). Go to Forbes and see for yourself

  • saudio

    Right… so glad you’re so confident in your research.  Better luck next time…

    and as far as iOS apps crashing, have you done ANY RESEARCH how your Android brothers are dealing with their issues?

    BTW, if you’re an Android developer and fan, why are you here wasting your time attempting to ‘ruffle the feathers’ of non-android users…. we really don’t give a shit!

    We like what we like and use what we use… your ‘rant’ isn’t really going to change how we feel about what we’re using. We come here to see what’s happening with the stuff we use, and your opinions means boo to us!

    Go back to your Android hole and share your minimal excitement with your own fanbase.

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