“At the Mannheim Regional Court, I just attended the pronouncement of a Motorola v. Apple decision by Judge Andreas Voss,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents. “A (second) decision was due today in the matter in which a default judgment had been entered against Apple in early November after Apple’s counsel didn’t show up for the originally-scheduled trial in late October. After Apple objected to the default judgment, a second trial took place on February 3, 2012 (with all the lawyers).”
“In this particular case, the decision with respect to one patent (the non-standard-essential push notification patent) mirrors a previous one, while there are somewhat different issues with respect to the standard-essential patent,” Mueller reports. “I don’t expect Apple’s customers to be affected in any way that would go beyond the deactivation of push notifications that’s already in place. For Motorola it’s nevertheless useful to have this decision in place against Cupertino as well. It makes it harder for Apple to circumvent the injunction (which it didn’t try, but who knows what it might have done later) and it’s another legal entity from which Motorola can claim damages (if it fends off Apple’s appeal, which I’m sure is going to be filed shortly).”
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