Thursday, September 13, 2012
German Court Says Motorola Mobility Infringed on Apple's Rubber Band Patent
Because of the ruling, Motorola is not allowed to utilize the patent in Germany. This effectively results in a ban in sales on all the devices that use the patent. Apple has also requested a recall of all the effected devices so that they can be destroyed to prevent them from ever being sold.
The decision is not yet final, though, and Motorola has an opportunity to appeal. The ruling today was a preliminary injunction, but Apple must pay a 25 million euros bond (about 32 million USD) to enforce it. Another option for Motorola would be to simply change the software they're using (like Samsung did last year to avoid a similar situation) and no longer use that patented technology.
This is the third time this year that Apple has won a patent-infringement case against Motorola in Germany; they won one over the slide-to-unlock patent and another over the photo gallery page-flipping patent. With these cases and the recent billion dollar Samsung verdict here in the US, it is clear that Apple is ready and willing to fight for their patent rights wherever necessary.