updated 09:25 am EST, Thu March 1, 2012
Apple scores countering victory versus Motorola
Apple on Thursday bounced back from court defeats in Germany after it won its own ban against Motorola. A Munich-based judge ruled that the page turning in the photo gallery app, as used by Motorola's Android phones, violated Apple's patents when used in a zoomed-in mode. The feature is the same that led to Samsung changing code to avoid a ban in the Netherlands.
As with most German patent-related bans, it would be up to the victor, Apple, to enforce the ruling. The step could see Motorola not only asked to pull any covered devices from shops but, based on the court and not Apple, would also be asked to destroy the hardware.
Motorola can likely make the same changes to code to clear its sales as Samsung, but not without the risks of lost supply and time off of the market.
The win follows just days after Apple was made to turn off iCloud features in Germany and could give Apple leverage in either getting changes it wants or pushing for a settlement. Motorola may also have underlying issues after facing EU patent abuse complaints that could negate most, though not all, of its defense. [via Florian Mueller]