Motorola takes Apple to the court in Germany
Apple had accused Samsung of patent infringement and had told the company to pull of their products from shelves in the recent past. Motorola has now accused Apple of the same proceedings in German courts and has two cases in favour of the Google owned company.
So, will Motorola ask Apple to remove all of their mobile products from the market? Well that might not be the case because even though the court is in favour of the company, the patents are said to be essential to use by any mobile manufacturer.
The two patents include (EP 1010336 (B1) and EP 0847654 (B1)) and Motorola has already declared that one (the US version — U.S. Patent No. 6,359,898) is essential to ETSI standards (GSM, UMTS, 3G) and the other patent might be essential to use as well. The patents are methods to use specific hardware and it is also being said that Apple allowed this ruling to happen so they stand a stronger chance during the appeals process.
Motorola has said:
As media and mobility continue to converge, Motorola Mobility’s patented technologies are increasingly important for innovation within the wireless and communications industries, for which Motorola Mobility has developed an industry leading intellectual property portfolio. We will continue to assert ourselves in the protection of these assets, while also ensuring that our technologies are widely available to end-users. We hope that we are able to resolve this matter, so we can focus on creating great innovations that benefit the industry.