Are you fed up with daily news of iPhone series? Want something new? Here it is. Recently, Apple won patent case in Germany against the Google owned Motorola. The Germany court has found Google-owned IT company, Motorola guilty of infringing Apple patents on the design of smartphones and tablets.
Apple has already won a similar case against Samsung in the United States in August. In its case against Samsung, Apple’s iOS head Scott Forstall testified that Steve Jobs was particularly annoyed to see other companies taking the invention and putting their name on it. The California court decided in favour of Apple, awarding the iPhone maker about one billion dollars (euros) in damages.
But in this Motorola case, the patent involves a feature known as “overscroll bounce” or “rubber-banding”. This feature pulls a written text or image back to the centre of the screen to signify to the user that the end of a list or menu has been completed. These Infringing devices include the the Motorola Atrix, the Motorola DEFY, Motorola Milestone XT720 and Motorola XOOM, which all use the Android OS.
The 381 patent is the American equivalent of the European EP2126678 patent. Dr. Peter Guntz, Judge of the court, and his dedicate panel have decided that the company has a number of devices in circulation that infringe upon that patent. As a result of the ruling, the most valuable company in the world have placed a 25 million Euro bond in order to force Motorola to stop selling the affected devices as well as having the option to force Google’s smartphone division to recall all devices if an additional 10 million is placed down.
This is the third win for Apple against Motorola in Germany, with the first two including Slide to Unlock and the photo gallery’s Flip to Navigate features.
However, the patent decision does not stop Motorola from building competing devices and the company is free to develop original smartphones and tablets that do not infringe Apple’s design. But the court has ordered Motorola to pay a yet-to-be-specified fine and pull the infringing devices, which run on Google’s Android operating system, from the market.
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