On Tuesday, a German court ruled the Motorola Xoom, made by Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility, does not infringe on Apple’s iPad. In addition, Motorola had claimed the iPad’s design patent was invalid which was denied by the court.
Apple’s main goal was to have the device banned across Europe, claiming the design of the Xoom infringed upon three iPad designs. Even though the judges ruled against Apple’s claim, they denied Motorola’s counterclaim that the iPad design patent was invalid. The court ultimately rejected both parties and Apple was required to pay two-thirds of the costs and Motorola to pay one-third.
In two previous hearings, Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann indicated that the court was leaning in Motorola’s favor, saying the design of the tablet was sufficient enough to give it individual character.
Last year Apple was able to get two Samsung tablets banned in Germany and is now trying to get two more banned all across Europe at the city’s highest court. I understand trying to protect your product, the intelligence, creativity, and everything that goes into making a “magical” device, but is it just me, or is this getting ridiculous?
As a consumer I am very frustrated with all of this. If you are better, prove it and quit taking your battles into the courtroom. Recently I ordered Google’s Galaxy Nexus, 2 days before it was listed as “coming soon.” Shortly thereafter I received shipping confirmation, and all was well. My point in telling you this is: Why do the major mobile companies need to fight each other with litigation? What happened to letting the consumer decide which is better by purchasing what THEY want. I was almost directly affected by the banning of the Nexus and for our sake I hope this ends soon.
source: Fox Business