Motorola Cleared of Apple iPad Patent Design in German Court
Apple filed a lawsuit last summer (Foss Patents) alleging that the Motorola Xoom violated the design patent that underpins the iPad. While Apple has had some success leveling its big patent arsenal against Samsung, they lost against Motorola in a German court, that just declared that the Xoom tablet doesn’t infringe on Apple’s design claim. The ruling isn’t a complete win for Motorola, however, as the court wouldn’t invalidate the patent.
The loss will still be sweet for Google/Motorola and a sour taste for Apple, which now has to resort to a multi-touch patent claim (among others) if it wants to make Motorola feel the heat in Mannheim. Although my understanding is that the case was not against the Xoom 2.
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