Motorola has won a permanent injunction in Germany against push email services in Apple’s iCloud and MobileMe. When Motorola enforces the judgement, Apple will have to remove push email from the iPhone and iPad in Germany.
Although the injunction is permanent, it can be appealed and it’s likely that Apple will do just that. According to patent expert Florian Mueller ‘Motorola can seek its enforcement anytime now if it posts a 100 million euro bond, but if an appeals court overturns the ruling, Motorola will be liable for premature enforcement of an improperly-granted injunction.’
In a separate development, Apple has won a temporary suspension of the enforcement of another Motorola injunction which initially caused it to make the iPhone 3GS and 4, and the iPad 3G unavailable on its German online store last night.
A court in Germany ruled in December that Apple had infringed upon a patent held by Motorola relating to wireless technology.
According to the BBC, an Apple spokesperson said ‘Apple is appealing this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago.’
Motorola has said in the past that it offered Apple reasonable terms and conditions to licence the patent.