It’s usually Android manufacturers that get hit by the big guys in patent lawsuits. Our friends have been getting ready, though, and it seems the war is slowly starting to turn around. This time Motorola is going after Apple in a German court, claiming that Apple has infringed upon its patents. Good news is, the judge seems to be siding with Motorola on this one.
Apple’s supposed infringement revolves around iCloud; more specifically, around email and data sync between Apple’s cloud services and iOS devices.
No decision has been made, but Apple has claimed that this would cost them 2.7 billion, which they have requested from Motorola in collateral damage. Should this case reach an appeal stage (and the judge approves Apple’s request), Motorola would have to pay this money to Apple. If Apple happens to lose the appeal process, the money would go back to Motorola.
As mentioned, the judge seems to be leaning toward Motorola’s side. He does not seem to believe Apple would really lose that amount of money, since there are other ways to offer such services.
I am not yet entirely sure that amount adequately mirrors the commercial value of this dispute. The technology isn’t a standard and there are alternative ways to provide the same services.JudgeGerman Court
The patent wars are definitely no fun. But at least Motorola has the right to say, “You started it!” We’ll hear more on this case in the coming months, so stay tuned and let’s see how Apple takes a taste of its own medicine.