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Apple Resumes Selling Older iPhones in Germany

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Feb 3, 2012, 9:37 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 3, 2012, 10:51 AM

Apple was able to convince a German court to suspend an injunction that went into effect earlier today that temporarily prevented it from selling the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 2 via its web site. Apple lost a patent ruling to Motorola in December that effects the aforementioned devices. The patents in question cover GPRS standards. Apple claims that Motorola is seeking licensing terms for the patents that don't comply with fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) rules. The iPhone 4S was excluded from the patent ruling because it uses a Qualcomm baseband rather than one from Infineon. Motorola had to post a $100 million bond for the ban to take effect., but Apple won a reversal. It isn't clear how long the reversal will last. Separately, German courts today issued another ruling against Apple and its iCloud service. Apple was found guilty of infringing on a Motorola patent concerning how email is synced between devices. The ruling gives Motorola leeway to inquire about past device sales as it prepares requests for damages. Apple is appealing the decisions.

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Feb 3, 2012, 3:36 PM

I Don't Get It!

Most Tablets and Slab Style PDA's CLONES of each other. The all work nearly identicle to one another.

The only legitimate suit that one manufacturer could bring against each other would be logo copyright infringement.

People are only loyal to Price, Brand and Carrier....

I wouldn't care other than our judicial resources fueled by our tax dollars are being missappropiated for this corporate school yard squabble!
..or maybe Star Trek should sue everybody for copying their designs from the 1960s and from TNG in 1989 ?
I think this cloning is rubbish, its like the Wright Brothers family suing all aircraft makers because they all have wings. Form of function decides what many of these products are going to look like.

Feb 3, 2012, 11:45 AM

Apple sure is a dirty player

karma strikes back!!!
I love it, Apple is getting what it deserves for starting this patent war. I wish the ITC would block apple from importing new iPhones and iPads!

Feb 3, 2012, 10:05 AM

what goes around comes around

Simply put if apple had ask companies to license their patents Motorola wouldn't have step on their toes so hard. Apple deserves a little bit of their own medicine.
it seems like they are getting there own medicine and moto is better at giving it since i have been half paying attention 90% of apples lawsuits have failed or at best ended in small settlements for them

now other people are playing there game an...

Feb 3, 2012, 10:04 AM


Wow no joke, these law suits are getting out of hand! I understand where everyone is coming from, but man this is nuts.

Welcome to the USA - stands for, U.Sue.Anyone - anytime, anywhere.
... not USA...
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