It's been a while since any news has cropped up concerning any of the legal battles involving Apple and Motorola, but tonight that's changed thanks to a default judgement out of a court in Germany. First discovered by FOSS Patents, it seems that Motorola has won an injunction against Apple over in Germany, a decision that's since been confirmed by both companies. The two patents in question are have to do with a "method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system" and a "multiple pager status synchronization system and method." However, as pointed out by The Verge, Motorola's win came over Apple Inc. and not Apple Germany, the latter of which is actually the company that's involved with selling products in the country. That means that Apple doesn't have to worry about having any of its products banned in Germany just yet. Motorola is also involved in a suit with Apple Germany, which is still raging on as of this writing.
Although Motorola's victory today doesn't mean much for Apple and its products in Germany, it should be interesting to watch Moto's case against Apple Germany going forward now that this ruling has been made. As usual, we'll keep you in the loop of any major updates that may emerge from the legal dealings between Motorola, Apple, Samsung, and all of the other companies involved in a lawsuit (which seems to be just about everyone as of late). Until then, we've got Motorola and Apple's statements on today's judgement available below.
Apple: "This is a procedural issue that has nothing to do with the merits of the case. This does not affect our ability to sell products or do business in Germany at this time."
Motorola: "As media and mobility continue to converge, Motorola Mobility's patented technologies are increasingly important for innovation within the wireless and communications industries, for which Motorola Mobility has developed an industry leading intellectual property portfolio. We will continue to assert ourselves in the protection of these assets, while also ensuring that our technologies are widely available to end-users. We hope that we are able to resolve this matter, so we can focus on creating great innovations that benefit the industry."