Motorola succeeds where Samsung has failed in patent lawsuits against Apple
In a ruling pronounced today by the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany, Motorola Mobility has won an injunction against Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit. The patent in question is the European patent 1010336 (B1), Method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system. Since this technology is broadly used in a number of Apple’s mobile devices, the injunction prevents the sale of both the iPhone and 3G enabled iPads.
Apple’s next move will likely be to appeal the ruling to the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court. Apple will also likely request a stay for the duration of the appeal process. If the stay is not granted and the ruling is later overturned, Motorola will be on the hook to pay a bond, which the court has set at 100 million ($134 million).
Perhaps this outcome will bring a little hope to Samsung, showing that it is possible to prevail against Apple. Samsung is facing six lawsuits from Apple in the same German court.