evil apple

In case you're unaware, Apple is in the process of suing just about everyone it competes with in the tablet/phone field. There's an abundance of irony in the entire situation - the most substantial of which I covered when Apple complained that Samsung and Motorola were anticompetitive because of their patents  - but things just (at least, temporarily) took a turn for the awesome. A judge in Germany has ruled that 3G-enabled Apple products (including the iPhone, iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPad 3G, and iPad 2 3G, but not specifically the iPhone 4S) infringe on a Motorola patent. Consequently, the judge has issued a preliminary injunction against Apple, resulting in a Europen sales ban on the aforementioned iPhones and iPads.

What's next in the suit? Well, short of Apple changing its products, the company's only real choice is to appeal the decision and request a stay until a final verdict is reach (in other words, they're hoping to put the sales ban on hold until the higher-courts ruling).

For a much more in-depth rundown, check out the full analysis at FOSS Patents below.

[Source: FOSS Patents via ZDNet]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • skitchbeatz

    IF they had left it all alone....

    LoL.. just LOL

  • http://www.twitter.com/ScottColbert Scott

    Christmas came early. :)

  • cguella

    This is ASWESOME.

    • Me

      Wow, it's THAT good eh? ;)

      • http://profiles.google.com/ISantop Ian

        As-we-some? As we some what? X-D

  • supr2nr

    Thats what happens when you become greedy. It's like going to a casino. Sure you might be ahead for a while but if you push your luck eventually you will loose.

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

      No, it happens when you think you invent something but you didn't. Apple think they invent smartphone, then they think they invent cellphone, if nobody stops them, at some point, they will think they invent telephone. Now, they finally realize that Motorola actually DID invent modern telecommunication devices. It's time for Apple to pay.

  • sonnyjjchiba

    I feel a strange desire to listen to the Modest Mouse EP "The Fruit That Ate Itself" on my Android tablet...

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      Over youtube. On the website. With flash.

      • axey

        Danger zone~

        I think I might go do that right now.

  • Mastermind26

    Oh the extreme ironing!
    (yes, old but quite fitting.)

    • sonnyjjchiba

      I think you mean "Oh, the iRony!"

      • Kevin

        no, I think he meant he irons his shirt while wearing it... now THAT is extreme.

        • Jason

          Oh the tears...my side hurts over here! Visualizing that just set my day off on the right foot.

  • Tarique

    best day ever :D bahahaha

  • Feragola

    They were being Evil

  • Phil

    *clears throat* bwaa fuggin hahahah

  • L boogie

    What goes around, comes around..... most people would call this karma.

  • Perry Ahern

    Last night's news about Samsung winning in Australia made me happy. Now this... Is it Christmas already?

    (Snoopy dance!)

    I'd love to see Moto/Google put the screws to Apple with this, even if just for a little while. Let them see how it feels to be on the receiving end of a product ban.

  • matt

    burn, baby.. burn

  • Dan

    Serves them apple assholes right. They started it. hahaha

  • http://www.necrotania.com Calash

    Don't agree with your "Whats Next". It is much more likely that, after a failed appeal, Apple would just pay Motorola a licence fee. They are not going to give up the market over one patent.

    • crueljames

      That's only if moto is willing to settle...

      • Blakemoo

        Google owns Motorola now.... so......

  • MichaelZarathustra

    OKay Apple...... you know what to do now, don't you???? STFU!!!!!

  • Freak4Dell

    This is most certainly bi-winning!

  • nctrnl

    How about them apples! [laughter]

  • Dan

    Gotta agree with Calash, if the patent stands past appeal, this will probably be resolved with a licensing fee - Apple's rolling in it, remember? But until then we can smirk at iDiots whinging about Android being an iClone all we want :D

    • sonnyjjchiba

      I don't really hate Apple (well, except for their utterly unjustified litigiousness), but I just don't get why they've got such a huge market share. Why does the appeal of their phone/portable products extend beyond the elderly and others similarly tech-impaired?

      I mean, the other day my 67-year-old Dad told me he was chucking his PC and laptop because had just bought an iMac, Macbook, and iPad to go along with his iPhone 4, so that he could take advantage of "this new thing called the iCloud" which would let him and my mom read their daily newspaper on the iPad while on vacation. I get that--it streamlines and simplifies things that would be difficult (from his p.o.v.) for him to set up and maintain with other software.

      But what's everyone else's excuse?

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  • sj2004

    That's good news

  • Sam

    About Time !!..the Big 'A' got a taste of its own medicine.

  • taylord

    And so Google's motivation for buying Motorola Mobility becomes clearly apparent.

    suck some apple

  • Mattchew

    That is awesome!!!

  • Tyler Masters

    Motorola should offer some help to Apple on how not to infringe on their patents.

    Like an extendable antenna. lol

    • Gary Hicks

      ^ Best comment on this entire page. Rub it in their faces and send them some documentation on how not to be douchebags.

      • Nova

        LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You know what hes referring to right? How Apple was showing Samsung how to make a tablet without infringing. No round corners, not a rectangle ect ect LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Cliffy

          oh and don't forget my favorite: "A cluttered appearance" WTF? That couldn't have been a serious suggestion.

    • Freak4Dell

      OMG...that would be hilarious.

  • abc123

    Motorola should jack up the prices on the licensing deal... make em pay!

    • Nastybutler77

      Or, maybe all these companies can agree to stop suing each other and spend the money on R&D instead of on lawyers.

    • JDSoCal

      Moto's patents are useless. A waste of $14B by Google. But then, so is Android, from Google's bottom line perspective.

  • Ringo

    +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1

  • cybeer

    Pure awesomeness!!! :D

  • Blade765

    Moto needs to take this opportunity and offer Apple a licensing deal, on the condition that they STOP suing everyone. If they do start "litigating" again, the license gets revoked. I don't know if that is possible, but it would be incredible to see someone stop Apples legal rampage!

  • http://facebook.com/azndragoon402 calvin

    hahaaha apple got backfire!!

  • ocdtrekkie

    Where'd you guys get that picture, lol?

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/106590241327894514636/posts Caleb Escamilla

    AAAA and let the down fall begin...YES lol

  • JackMohack

    To be more specific, this is a FRAND issue but it only applies if Apple accepted the non-discriminatory terms that Moto offered, which they did not, they wanted special terms. Since they didn't accept non-discriminatory terms Moto is able to sue over this patent. Moto first offered this in 2007 and then again in 2010.

  • dhdjf djvv

    finaly they got what they deseved

  • Ryan

    Hmm, am I the only one concerned about the "except the 4S" comment? So they put a hold on old phones and everyone is now "forced" to buy the most expensive iPhone? Sounds like this could be working out in Apple's favor a tad.

  • zNelson24

    While its nice to see that Motorola can sell its products, I don't like the outcome here.

    I would've just handed down a hefty fine to think about what they've done. You screw over consumers when you ban a product based on IP violations.

  • randyfromreno

    Best news of the year. Take that crapple.

  • Damnapple

    XD XD XD Screw apple!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeffreyDeJesus78 Jeffrey De Jesus

    Finally! Motorola has to hammer crApple for all it's worth. They need to be handed a crushingly decisive blow that will set a precedent that will force them and all other patent trolls from running rampant! Also who the hell allowed them to patent a rectangular shaped device with rounded corners? I mean what are we going to have to run around with oval or circular handsets now... ridiculous! The patent system is clearly broken!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thelastsaint Fernando Santos

    Wasn't Motorola bought by Google? lmao