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German court orders Motorola to recall infringing smartphones and tablets

A high court in Munich, Germany issued an order for Motorola Mobility to recall its smartphones and tablets found to have infringed Apple’s bounce back patent after the latter can submit a list of products to be banned. The judge found that the “rubber band” scrolling effect in iOS and Android devices was an innovation from Apple.

Motorola recently won a case against Cupertino-based tech giant over automatic push delivery of emails. This feature can still be found in all iOS devices but disabled as a sign of Apple’s compliance to the court order. The most recent turn of events against Motorola Mobility might be a sign of yet another victory for the iPhone maker.

It is expected that Google’s newly-acquired company will file an appeal for reconsideration. However, the court said that it is difficult to reverse the decision in favor of the other party in patent cases. Apple is most likely to win a ban against select Motorola devices but it is not enough to cause considerable sales damage to the company. However, analysts believe it is still an important victory for Apple as it will set the right foundation for future disputes.

Aside from Motorola and Samsung, Apple is currently embattled against other Android smartphone manufacturers. It is apparently one of the most effective ways to beat the competition but it will also hinder further innovation in the market. Samsung’s recent loss will bring over a billion dollars too Apple’s treasury and their battle still continues.

For now, there is no information what Motorola devices will be recalled in Germany in compliance with the order as Apple will still have to submit a list of devices which are believed to infringe its patent.

The list will be subject to scrutiny in the court and the tech giant will have to provide a bond amounting to €25 million. If the first decision will be reversed, this bond may be awarded to Motorola and it will regain its right to resell its devices in Germany. Otherwise, the ban will continue and Apple may file another patent case to cause even more damages.

Source: The Guardian

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