“Google wasted a ton of money on Motorola’s patents. As of today, it has zero — I repeat, zero — enforceable patent injunctions in place against Apple and Microsoft, after almost three years of litigation. By contrast, Apple and Microsoft have scored a number of real wins against Motorola Mobility,” Florian Müller reports for FOSS Patents. “I called a spokesman for the Oberlandesgericht Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court), who was able to confirm to me officially that this appeals court granted an Apple motion stay the enforcement of the Mannheim Regional Court’s February 2012 injunction.”
Müller writes, “As soon as Apple posts a bond (a requirement meant to secure Motorola’s ability to collect infringement damages should it, against all odds, prevail at the end of this litigation and, equally unlikely, Apple go bankrupt in the meantime), it can give the push email feature back to all Germany-based iCloud users… In practical terms, this means that German iCloud email users get push notifications back in what I believe is just a matter of days (just a small amount of paperwork). And when all is said and done, the most likely outcome (by far and away) is not going to be that Motorola collects infringement damages from Apple: instead, Apple will (if it prevails on the merits) be able to collect damages from Google’s Motorola for enforcement of an injunction that shouldn’t have been granted in the first place. Google can file this under ‘Motorola Mobility acquisition costs.'”
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