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Motorola wins injunction barring sales of iPhone in Germany

Motorola Mobility has won a German patent suit against Apple, leading to a preliminary injunction that bars sales of all iPhone models and 3G iPad models in the country. FOSS Patents reports that all products which implement the patent in question—EP 1010336 (B1), covering a “method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system”—are barred from sale; this includes the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 3G, iPad 2 3G, and likely the iPhone 4S, although it is not specifically named. Apple will likely appeal this ruling and request a stay on the injunction for the duration of the appeal proceedings, and may also make efforts to acquire a license for the patent.

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Live by the sword, die by the sword.

It’s only a matter of time before the biggest tech companies realize they’re going to have to do something to initiate tech patent reform. There is virtually nothing out there that isn’t covered by hundreds to thousands of overlapping patents being held by potentially as many different parties.

The system isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do: encourage and protect innovation, and has instead simply become a way to use the courts as another way to “compete” in the market place. Since it’s almost certain that Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, LG, etc. all actually hold patents that could be argued to cover every single product any of them make, have made, or ever will make, it’s all just become a game of getting the right lawyer in front of the right judge. One Monday, Apple beats Samsung. Another day, Samsung beats Apple. And on yet another day, Motorola beats Apple… and the odds are not a single one of them was actually in any way taking another party’s tech.

Posted by Code Monkey on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 PM (CST)


I concur with the Sam’s Club decision to no longer sell The Brick Bible. I reviewed The Brick Testament website and found many of the illustrated scenes from the Bible to be really inappropriate.

Posted by Bernard Boleslaw on December 10, 2011 at 3:01 AM (CST)


I agree with Apple defending its intellectual property around the user experience - look alike/copy cat design. They lost significantly when Microsoft brought out Windows and did not defend.

That said, I concur with “Code Monkey ...” that the patent trolling and defense is completely counter to the high tech culture of innovation.

Posted by drakebullet on December 10, 2011 at 7:18 PM (CST)


@3: Here’s the catch, you can’t copyright the look and feel of your “user experience”, it’s why Apple lost against Microsoft in the famous suit about Win95 (and since both companies have become near virtual piecemeal clones of the various Linux variants out there, no need to shed crocodile tears), but you can write (or more likely buy) vaguely written patents that allegedly cover the ‘innovation’ of how your particular common sense solution works.

There is no justified defending of IP here, it’s “patent trolling” beginning to end.

Posted by Code Monkey on December 12, 2011 at 8:58 AM (CST)


I have to agree with Code Monkey, the system is broken.  It has become a game of the large corporations and seems to discourage innovations by the little guy.  They keep throwing around patent suits to gain market share and although it may hurt the other company the real loser is the consumer.

@ Bernard, WTH.  Code Monkey has accused me of being off subject before but at least I was in the same zip code.

Posted by Scottrey on December 13, 2011 at 12:28 PM (CST)


@5: If you haven’t figured it out, “Bernard” is spamming this site, which is becoming more and more common with these iLounge news bits. There was a filter in place, but I think iLounge was having problems with it so it was removed and we have to ignore the nonsense like the above.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on December 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM (CST)


rockmyplimsoul, I wondered.  Always thought iLounge was better protected.  I’ll never understand spam posts or emails, I know people must buy into otherwise they wouldn’t still send them.  But who are these people who actually buy something from an email that is crap.

Posted by Scottrey on December 13, 2011 at 3:40 PM (CST)

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