The patent battle between Apple and the rest of the world, just took a turn to awesome! Motorola Mobility scored a victory in its ongoing intellectual property battle with Apple today, when the Mannheim Regional Court granted it an injunction banning the import of iPhones and 3G-capable iPads into Germany.
Although Apple will certainly appeal this decision immediately this is a big win for Motorola, here is Apple’s official statement to AllThingsD:
“We’re going to appeal the court’s ruling right away,…”
“…Holiday shoppers in Germany should have no problem finding the iPad or iPhone they want.”
It should be noted that in its ruling, the court ordered Motorola to post a $134 million bond should it wish to enforce the preliminary injunction against Apple, a sum that would be used to reimburse Apple should the injunction be overturned on appeal.
Apple will obviously be appealing the ruling and will also be requesting a stay to prevent the injunction from being enforced while the appeals process takes place, but this is a big win for Motorola.
From their press release announcing the victory:
“We are pleased with the court’s ruling. Today’s decision validates Motorola Mobility’s efforts to enforce its patents against Apple’s infringement,” said Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility. “Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio that is respected by the telecommunications industry, and we are proud to leverage this portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience. We will continue to take all necessary steps to protect our intellectual property, as the Company’s patent portfolio and licensing agreements with companies both in the U.S. and around the world are critical to our business. We have been negotiating with Apple and offering them reasonable licensing terms and conditions since 2007, and will continue our efforts to resolve our global patent dispute as soon as practicable.”
Congratulations to Motorola for the big win, we’ll definitely be following this story and keeping you updated.