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Apple has won a lawsuit against Motorola in Germany. A German court has ruled that Motorola smartphones infringe Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent.
This latest Apple victory against Android manufacturer Motorola is being publicized as “a big win for Apple over Android”. This means that the Cupertino firm could enforce an injunction, which bans the sale of Motorola smartphones in Germany.
The slide-to-unlock patent (patent EP1964022) is the method of unlocking an iOS device by swiping a finger from one point of the touchscreen to another. The Apple-owned patent has been in use on the original iPhone down to its more current models such as the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
Apple may be working as fast as it can to enforce an injunction on Motorola products in Germany, but Motorola is planning to counter the ruling through an appeal. Moto says it has already ”implemented a new design for the feature”, which will prevent a sales ban from ever happening.
Motorola’s spokesperson said, “Today’s ruling in the patent litigation brought by Apple in Munich, Germany, concerns a software feature related to phone unlocking in select Motorola devices sold in Germany.
“Motorola has implemented a new design for the feature. Therefore, we expect no impact on current supply or future sales.”
Although Motorola may prevent a sales ban from ever happening, Apple may sue other Android manufacturers for using the slide-to-unlock patent.
Speaking to BBC, patent expert Florien Mueller said, “[This is a] very significant win for Apple against Android.
“After Google closes the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the Apple-Motorola Mobility dispute will soon gain importance transcending that of the global battle with Samsung.”
Do you think the world needs another clash of heads between Apple and another Android manufacturer? Do you feel this nonsense has to stop? Give us your thoughts.
Regulators of the European Union have temporarily put Google’s acquisition of Motorola on hold. The review was put on hold in the 6th of December. They are requesting for more information on the deal.
European Commission spokesperson, Amelia Torres, said that once “certain documents that are essential to its evaluation of the transaction” are shown, the review can continue.
Al Verney, Google’s spokesperson said that this is “routine….. We’re confident the commission will conclude that this acquisition is good for competition and we’ll be working closely and cooperatively with them as they continue their review.”
Although routine, the result is the acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google to be pushed back until 2012 at least.
When news broke out that Google was purchasing Motorola for $12.5 billion, Android manufacturers were worried Motorola would be favored by Google over other manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC. Since Motorola would become a hardware arm of Google, some believed that Google would roll out updates to devices such as the Motorola Razr before devices like the Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC Sensation XE.
Google’s Larry Page said, “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”
Do you think Google’s acquisition of Motorola has been temporarily put on hold, or do you think Google will never get hold of Motorola’s patents? Give us your thoughts.
The search giant Google will soon close the deal in completely acquiring Motorola. Shareholders of the mobile phone manufacturer unanimously voted for the new partnership. 99% of the shareholders who attended the meeting were in favor. The question is, when will Motorola finally be absorbed by Google?
We first caught wind of the merger in August of this year. Google reportedly agreed to purchase Motorola for a whopping £8 billion. However, it is only now that shareholders have decided to give the acquisition a go. Since shareholders have only recently given the acquisition a go, this means that deal will final and made official early in 2012.
Motorola’s CEO, Sanjay Jha, expressed his optimism regarding the vote. The CEO said, “We look forward to working with Google to realize the significant value this combination will bring to our stockholders and all the new opportunities it will provide our dedicated employees, customers, and partners.”
The deal is expected to close sometime in the early months of 2012. However, the acquisition may still be subject to investigation under SEC rules and regulations. This suggests that devices carrying the Google brand may not hit shelves as soon as you may think. In the meantime, enjoy current products such as the Motorola Xoom and Razr as well as incoming products such as the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition.