“On November 4, I was first to publish a default judgment entered by the Mannheim Regional Court in favor of Motorola Mobility against Apple Inc., relating to two patents allegedly infringed by some or all of Apple’s mobile devices,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.
“The default judgment came down after Apple’s lawyers failed to show up for a hearing on October 21, 2011. It’s still unclear whether this was due to an administrative oversight or procedural tactics,” Mueller reports. “German default judgments are preliminarily enforceable, but all of the German lawyers I asked expected Apple to request and to be granted a stay simultaneously with its objection to the default judgment, which objection is not the same as an appeal to a higher court but simply a means of requesting a second hearing before the same court.”
Mueller reports, “Today the press department of the Mannheim Regional Court confirmed that a hearing in this case has indeed been scheduled for February 3, 2012, at 1 PM.”
Much more, including info about other ongoing Motorola Mobility vs. Apple Inc. cases, in the full article here.
That’s the single strangest legal event in Apple’s history.
What, did they oversleep?!
They were playing Angry Birds.
Don’t you mean Böse vögel?
Any of you lot seriously imagine Apple dropped the ball on this one? Apple’s legal team know exactly what they’re doing.