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Apple fails to win a ban on the Motorola GLEAM in Germany

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Apple fails to win a ban on the Motorola GLEAM in Germany
The Motorola GLEAM is a classic clamshell phone that offers no bells and whistles whatsoever. However, Apple wants the device banned in Germany anyway for infringing on one of its patents. The patent in question describes a "computing device with dynamic ornamental appearance", which is the European equivalent for the "active enclosure for computing device" patent, which Apple also holds. The GLEAM supposedly infringes on that patent with its animated illuminations, which are displayed on its flip cover when a call or a message is being received.

Now, what Apple is actually trying to do here does not have that much to do with the GLEAM as much as it has to do with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. If Apple wins an injunction on the GLEAM for infringing on that patent, other devices that violate it will also be banned from the German market. And the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with its RGB LED notification light is supposedly one of them.

Unfortunately for Apple, the Munich I Regional Court does not believe that the GLEAM and the rest of devices that supposedly violate the patent must be banned. That is because although Judge Peter Guntz thinks that the GLEAM infringes on the patent, he is having serious doubts about the validity of Apple's patent itself. That is why the case will be put on hold until a simultaneous case confirms whether the patent in question is valid or not.

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posted on 16 Mar 2012, 04:39 16

1. putes (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


It is about time the judges got smart about the validity of many of the patents from Apple.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 04:41 18

2. RazaAsad (Posts: 100; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


Apple is a sick brat and pathetic.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 04:45 12

3. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 123; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Steve Jobs or Tim Cook, Apple will be Apple!

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 04:53 14

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1350; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


dynamic ornamental my ass ....

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 04:55

5. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Fair judge

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 04:59 15

6. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


amazed to see that there are still judges with commonsense left in germany.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 06:35 5

7. Carlitos (Posts: 327; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Great at least there is a judge out there with common sense. Apple has been suing non-stop and the only big manufacturer able to block off most of them is Motorola, no wonder google bought them they have so many patents.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 06:45 10

8. andro. (Posts: 1956; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


If Apple thinks their products are so good and claim to its ifans that its idevices change the world then why is it so afraid about competitors?! Surely the easiest thing to do is when companies currently have better products and a more popular os than theirs that Apple would seek to innovate and enhance their own products to stay ahead but instead apple try to relentlessly and pathetically sue or ban its competitors for ridiculous claims and re-release pretty much the same product year after year just with an $ added to its name. Ultimately its the ifans are too blame for all this for buying into apples pr advertising and continually drooling money buying apple products over and over again.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 08:11 4

9. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 430; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


WHAT?????? also the RGB LED Notification lights??? WTF!!!!! every phone needs that APPLE... i also remembered SE's clamshell phone like the motorola gleam...

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 09:52 3

10. roscuthiii (Posts: 1811; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I can't believe some of the bulls**t patent offices allow. I wonder what's cheaper overall in the long run: hiring an independent 3rd party reviewer to toss out invalid patents, and maybe a few performance evaluations for patent clerks, or continue paying the lawyers' fees and court costs of litigation?

"Computing Device with dynamic ornamental appearance."
"Active enclosure for computing device."
"Seriously?!"

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 16:16 2

15. roscuthiii (Posts: 1811; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


And, because I don't believe in just beating a dead horse, but doing horribly unspeakable things to the carcass as well... I had a phone on Verizon, the Verizon CDM-8940 (on page 5 of Verizon's discontinued list of phones) that had a little circle around the music controls just below the exterior display that would light up different blinking colors when the phone rang or messages were received. No real purpose than to be pretty. (I think it even did it when music was played, but I could be wrong about that since it's been a while.)
How was that not dynamic ornamental appearance?
How about any gaming rig with lights that are just for show? Was that not dynamic ornamental appearance on a computing device?!

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:01 1

11. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


it's the apple and patent office scandal..
don't worry, we'll see some leaked "love" tapes in a few months time..

if apple doesn't behave like a rich, spoilt brat, i think i wouldn't hate its business practice so much.. they have quite good products, too bad they are delusional and scared to death of losing in battle.. what a whimp..

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:06 1

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I guess 'Apple' is not the sweetest fruit after all.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:19

13. -box- (Posts: 3801; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


That's a good looking phone... when are we going to get some decent non-smartphones in the U.S. again???

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 15:57 2

14. roscuthiii (Posts: 1811; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Actually, yeah you're right. That is a pretty nice looking regular old phone. Seems to bear some of the last vestiges of the original Razr.
If it weren't for my grandfathered unlimited data plan I'd consider dropping my smartphone and getting a phone like this & a tablet with a data plan instead.

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