A German court dismissed Apple’s claim that the Motorola Xoom tablet infringes the iPad’s design patent. Apple sought a ban of Motorola’s tablet computer throughout the EU, but it failed to obtain it. Yet Googlorola’s request to the court to declare Apple’s Community design rights of the iPad was also rejected.
Apple initially filed a lawsuit against Motorola—now part of Google—claiming the Xoom tablet infringes three iPad design patents. It turns out that Apple’s case wasn’t strong enough, and the company now has to pay two-thirds of the legal costs, and Motorola has to pay a third, the Düsseldorf court ruled today.
As the previous hearings already suggested, the court was tending to favor Motorola. Back in March, Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann even said the court considers “the evenly bent back and shaped edges on the front of the Xoom tablet sufficient to give the product individual character.”
Apple and Motorola have a long list of lawsuits filed against each other over patent infringements. Before MMI became part of Google, it made use of its powerful patent portfolio, and at one time it temporarily obtained a ban of Apple’s iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPhone 4 and 3G/UMTS capable products, which eventually lasted only a few hours. [Via The Verge]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback