German court rules Motorola Xoom doesn't infringe on Apple's iPad design patents, still upholds them as valid

German court rules Motorola Xoom doesn't infringe on Apple's iPad design patents, still upholds them as valid
The ongoing patent saga Apple vs the Rest is slowly unraveling, with some verdicts already in. After Samsung was relieved from its alleged infringing shenanigans by a UK court recently, now German judges are granting freedom to the Motorola Xoom.

The court ruled that Motorola's Android tablet and a poster child for the first slate-oriented mobile OS from Google - Honeycomb - does not infringe on any of Apple's claimed iPad design patents.

Motorola had filed a counterclaim that the iPad design patents are actually invalid, which was dismissed by the judges, so it's a win-win stalemate - Motorola is free to sell its Xoom and won't pay any damages, while Apple gets to keep its wobbly design sketch iPad patents as credible, and fight another day, if that's what its lawyers deem necessary.

source: Nasdaq



1. Aeires unregistered

Not surprising, I'd bet the angled corners on Motorola devices of late are a deliberate design tactic to skirt Apple's "rounded corner" patent.

2. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

This is good news for the industry. Get back to innovating apple, and this is from an apple user too.

3. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I'd like to see Apple suing Sony to see what happens.

4. MeoCao unregistered

without Steve Jobs Apple just does not know where to go next, so iPhone will go big, bigger screen that is.

5. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Oh My God!!!! I just got a letter from Totally Bamboo.. They said that they need to recall their chopping boards as they are infringing on apple's design patent.. Oh, no..

6. jed27

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

I heard Apple is going to sue Vatican for claiming that the 10 Commandments were written on a tablet that looks like an iPad. There goes Christianity...

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Filed under things Apple accidentally did right?

7. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hahahaha...Apple should throw away their iPad drawings...made by who? 4 year

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The fact that the XOOM was even considered as an iPad copy should tell folks Apple is REALLY disturbed, crazy and deranged....

10. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1247; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Recent courtroom wars by cr@pp1e shows its fear now....

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