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Apple: We Plan to Appeal German iCloud Ruling [Updated]

A new development in Apple’s teutonic tiff with Motorola. Motorola has been granted a second injunction banning push email notifications from Apple’s iCloud and MobileMe services in Germany.

Too bad it’s essentially the same injunction.

The Mannheim regional court today ruled against Apple in another case brought against it by Motorola, banning push email notifications from the company’s email services in Germany, something it already did back in February against another Apple entity.

It also ordered the company to pay Motorola Mobility damages for violating its patents, though an amount hasn’t yet been specified (as far as I can tell).

Apple, of course, contends that the ruling is invalid. In a statement given to AllThingsD it said:

“This is the same case Motorola already brought against another Apple entity and the court’s decision does not impact product availability. Our customers in Germany should have no problem finding the iPad or iPhone they want. However, we disagree with the court’s decision and plan to appeal the ruling.”

And there’s really not much else for it to do. Apple already implemented the changes to iCloud and MobileMe to comply with the earlier ruling, so it’s de facto in compliance with this one. Now, it can only wait to see how the standard-essential patent side of this argument plays out. But on that front, Apple has an advantage, as a German court has already said MoMo should accept its licensing offer. “Motorola would breach its obligations under antitrust law if it continued to demand that Apple cease and desist from the sale of the iPhone and the iPad,” the court said.


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