Big news for Android this morning, and perhaps a lesson in karma. Motorola has successfully sued Apple in Germany and thereby blazed the trail for a sales ban on all iOS devices for the entirety of Europe.
This is Motorola’s first win in two patent infringement cases brought up against Apple in April, and it grants them injunction against all infringing products including the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, the original iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G. The iPhone 4S isn’t specifically mentioned but this is likely due to the filing being made in April.
The patent in the suit relates to core cellular technology and is described in the court document as “method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system”. So long as thee ruling is upheld, Apple has to either remove this technology from their devices or pay Motorola a hefty licensing fee, and they may even have to provide payment for past infringement.
Motorola Mobility is now in the prime position of deciding whether or not they will enforce this ban immediately. Apple will of course appeal, but Moto can proceed with injunction right now if they so choose. A $134 million bond is all that stands in their way, in case the verdict is overturned in appeal. Apple wanted the bond set at whopping $2.7 billion, citing the massive losses they would take, but the judge sided with Motorola.
You know what they say. What goes around comes around.