UPDATE (03/02/12 at 17:00): Apple has obtained a temporary suspension of a sales ban imposed on iPhone and iPad products in it German online store. An appeals court lifted the ban after Apple made a new licence payment offer to Motorola. but push email iCloud service are still banned thanks to a separate ruling.
A statement from Apple said: “All iPad and iPhone models will be back on
sale through Apple’s online store in Germany shortly. Apple appealed
this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent
to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry
standard patent seven years ago.”
Original Story (published 03/02/12 at 15:00)
An injunction won by Motorola Mobility has forced Apple to
withdraw older models of its iPhone along with 3G versions of its iPads from its German online store.
The iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 are “currently not available” on the German version of the Apple online store. 3G/UMTS iPads are similarly unavailable while the iPhone 4S and Wi-Fi only iPads continue to be sold.
This action is as a result of a decision handed down by a regional German court in Mannheim on 9 December that directs Apple Sales International must stop selling or distributing mobile devices that infringe certain Motorola cellular communications patents.
At the time of the decision, Motorola Mobility said it had been negotiating with Apple and offering the company “reasonable licensing terms and conditions since 2007.”
In response to the action, Apple spokesman Alan Hely said: “While some iPad and iPhone models are not available through Apple’s online store in Germany right now, customers should have no problem finding them at one of our retail stores or an authorized reseller.”
Apple is planning on fighting the court ruling: “Apple is appealing this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago,” a spokesman said.
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