A German court ruled today that the Motorola Xoom does not infringe on the patented design of the iPad. The lawsuit was dismissed and Apple was denied the request of having sales of the Xoom banned in the EU, according to the Associated Press. The court also denied Motorola’s request, however, to invalidate Apple’s design rights for the iPad, that protect the unique look of patented devices. The ruling is not a major blow to Apple though, as the Xoom has not had a large impact on the tablet market, and therefore an even smaller impact (if any) on Apple’s iPad sales. Since the release of the Xoom, Motorola has gone on to be purchased by Google for $12.5 billion.
The outcome of this ruling follows along with the U.S. ruling earlier this month that dismissed Apple’s patent infringement case against Motorola. A key Apple/Moto dispute that has yet to be closed is that with the U.S. ITC, which issued a ruling in April that claimed Apple violates 4 Motorola patents. The ITC has not yet reviewed the ruling, but it could lead to an import ban on Apple products using Motorola technology.
What do you think? Glad to see another case put to rest? Do you agree with the decision that was made? Let us know in the comments.
Via: Yahoo News