Saturday, 14 April 2012
Push Comes To Shove: Apple Appealing Another iCloud, MobileMe Push Email Ruling To Motorola In Germany
Another development in the ongoing fight between Apple and Motorola over patent infringements in Germany: a court has decided against Apple Inc. in a case involving push email service on iCloud and MobileMe services in the country. This is effectively an extension of the same ruling that was originally handed down in February against Apple International, a case that Apple is appealing. A judge in a regional court in Mannheim, where the case was heard, has ordered Apple Inc. to pay damages, according to the Wall Street Journal. The exact value has not been specified. Apple tells us it is appealing this case, based on the same points as the earlier one. In that case, Apple is appealing because it believes the patent in question -- a patent (the '654) that Motorola originally received in the 1990s around pager technology -- is invalid. A spokesperson at the time of that earlier ruling dismissed it to me as an "old pager patent." Since this case concerns the exact same patent, it is likely that Apple will also appeal in this newest case.