Apple's European filing against Samsung mentions similar complaint filed against the Motorola Xoom

Apple's European filing against Samsung mentions similar complaint filed against the Motorola Xoom
Hot on the heels of the news that Apple has won an injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe, which bans Samsung from selling the device in the EU, news has come out that Apple also filed a complaint against Motorola in regards to the Xoom tablet. The information about the filing against Motorola was actually found in the filing against Samsung.

Buried deep within the filing against Samsung is mention of a complaint filed by Apple against Motorola in the same court in Düsseldorf. The complaint was in regards to the design of the Xoom tablet, but no other information was given. Speculation assumes that Apple was seeking a similar EU-wide injunction against sales of the Xoom. However, due to the length of time since the original launch of the Xoom, Apple would have to be seeking a permanent injunction rather than a preliminary injunction, because German law tends to discourage preliminary injuctions past one month. And, Apple has most certainly known about the Xoom for longer than one month. 

Patent skirmishes between Apple and Motorola are nothing new. Apple has been suing Motorola over 24 patent violations, while Motorola has been suing Apple over 18 patent violations. Both of those cases began in October of last year.

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170 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

APPLE hates competition....

43. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

...that copies their design and products which is copyright and patent infringement. Hey, I finished your sentence for you.

51. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Look up the Modbook Pro and the HP Compaq TC1100. Who is copying who?

152. Miz_likes_p_nis unregistered

Do you see tv manufacturers suing each other because they both make a tvs in a rectangular shape, or the fact they use plasma, lcd or even led's. How about the fact that they have buttons. Reason I bring this up is one of the complaints the xoom has is that the "buttons are similar" WHAT. Are you talking about the volume buttons. Are you kidding. The shape, come on... The touch screen... You're really trying to tell me that Apple is trying to patent the whole idea of a tablet. Thing about it, whats needed to design a tablet. If you're going to say that the xoom is copying the ipad you'll have to admit that if Apple EVER puts a microUSB or micro HDMI port that they are copying motorola. But we all know that will never happen because Apple wants you to buy some proprietary little dongle so they can jack your wallet some more. The more tablets the more competition, the more competition the better the prices, the better the prices the happier the customers are. If you prefer apple go for it, but claiming that apple is almighty and everyone copied from it is just plain stupid. Now go take your pretty little toy, hop in your Prius and go f*ck your iSelf. Rant over...

2. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Why wouldn't they. They have an inferior product which while shiny and strong, has old technology, limits users to their line of Apps, and overcharges for this right.

3. fb_dragon76

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

I'm so sick of that worm infested apple!! How can a company learn without healthy competition? Competition is Good, helps you grow.

4. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Just cause you make s**t that isnt as good as competition doesnt mean u have to sue. If Apple wants to make more money they would make two iphones one with iOS and one with Android

6. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Then they would be admitting that their OS is not the best, they aren't the Gods they think they are.

5. appleshouldSTOP unregistered

wow in the long run wouldn't this really hurt apples image? But than again there are idiots out there who are willing to wait month outside the apple store to get the new iphone without knowing what the phone looks like nor the specs so...

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh no you don't, Apple. Don't you dare be f**king with my boy Motorola. You're already asking for enough trouble going after the Galaxy Squad.

44. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

And you'll do what? Absolutely nothing. I love how Sniffles tries and talk big and mighty in comments when in actuality, he's powerless to do anything other than sit back and watch Apple dominate because that's how the roll.

157. dblue45

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

The way you talk actually suit you the name 'The Miz' Just like he says 'I'm the Miz and I'm awesome' :P

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The design of the Xoom??? really?? LMAO!! I HAVE to see what the complaint is about the Xoom... I think that will settle it....Apple is a bunch of crybabies. The Xoom....man oh man....

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I see what the problem is....Apple patented black bezel, borders around tablets. Dammit Motorola....make your tablets more colorful next time!!! And use a different size border!!!

9. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I just read yet another lawsuit Apple is bringing. They have filed a lawsuit against Alexander Graham Bell.....claiming his telephone has copied the iPhone HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Sorry guys someone had to say it.

14. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

Now that's funny... LOL! wouldn't put it past Apple though, they might just buy up the patent for that the way things are going....

10. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

I think this is the part where google need to step in

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Its confirmed, EU are Apple fanboys. Why else would this injunction pass?

13. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I think Apple is wasting their time... Didnt the XOOM only sell like 5 devices in total =P

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yowza. :P However, Moto's talking about stepping up their tablet game, and if they do then Apple could be in trouble on that front.

16. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

apple u can leave moto out of this u azzholes

17. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

thank god apple is not in automobiles

45. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Their cars would be 10x better than any hatchback on the road.

165. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

They would take a 85 honda civic and put on a paintjob and rims and sell it for 50K and you sheep would all own one.

18. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

amen to that

19. deluxe unregistered

Maybe Apple will make tvs one day and madly sue samsung, vizio, rca, and every other tv maker in the world!

20. Heatfan316 unregistered

Apple will lose this one, there is no similarity what so ever between these two devices. Apple your a bunch of cowards.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Ha ha ha terrible day for fandroids. I'll die laughing if the Xoom gets banned also. I agree with Davecann that this may be a waste of time considering no one has actually bought a xoom.

23. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

Curious... what if... these patents are thrown out? ITC already threw out 7 of the 10 here against HTC. What will your attitude be then... will you admit that Apple could possibly be in the wrong? Same question goes to the Android fans if the reverse is true (at least on the 3 that seems to be the question).

48. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I think Apple has a legitimate case against Samsung. I don't know what the case is against the Xoom. If the case is on the design only then I don't think Motorola is copying. If he case is on the Apple patents that android OS is violating then I think Apple has a case there also. Apple lost a case to Nokia and is paying royalties for it. I have no problem with that. If Apple is using Nokia ip they should pay. Also the article Motorola is suing Apple on 18 patents. These trolls seem to have no problem with that.

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