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March 3, 2012
Apple Wins Again in Germany Against Motorola
Apple has scored a significant, if not complete, win against Motorola Mobility in the German courts. As Florian Mueller explains in his FOSSPatents blog post yesterday
, the win is based on a European patent and the judgment awarded not only prevents Motorola from selling products that were judged infringing, it also provides for Motorola to be required to recall and destroy infringing devices.
Apple did not win on all the counts it brought, so the victory is not complete but it definitely is significant. Motorola will have to engineer around the patents and will be further hampered in the products it can bring to market. The story doesn't end here - two more court judgments are due in the near future that could spell additional trouble for Motorola and of course for Google, its future owner.
As I noted in response to Mueller's article a couple weeks ago, it really feels like Apple is trying to use its patent position to knock out any possible competition in smart-phone and tablet mobile devices. It's always possible that Apple's competitors could completely re-think the interfaces and interactions to their devices (see what Microsoft is doing with Windows 8 UI) but such new paradigms aren't developed overnight and in the current rapid-expansion phase of mobile devices, it's quite possible that the time it would take to develop a wholly new UI would be too long for Android devices to regain a significant foothold in the market.
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