The court determined that Motorola Mobility, a company owned by Google, had violated a license
A Munich court on Thursday ruled that Motorola Mobility, a company owned by Google, had violated an Apple patent and ordered the recall of all tablets and smartphones using this technology. Judge Guntz Peter said Motorola had copied the technology called ‘overscroll bounce’, which allows users to move documents around the screen of your device and let it bounce back to the center after leaving the fingers touching.
A court spokesman said it did not appear that the judgment would have an immediate impact because Apple had to specifically ask for a ban and Motorola could appeal the ruling. Apple and Google did not respond to calls for comment on the ruling.
Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, which was the largest acquisition in its history, with the goal of using the company’s patents to avoid legal attacks on its Android mobile platform and expand its software business.
Other technology companies have also invested billions in buying portfolios of patents to use against their opponents and have also invested money in litigation in the U.S. and Europe. Last month, Apple won a major legal victory against Samsung Electronics when a United States jury ruled that the South Korean firm had copied important features of the iPhone and iPad and granted the U.S. firm compensation of $1.5 billion in damages.
Germany has become a battleground in the usual global patent war between manufacturers of mobile phones, tablets, computing devices and operating software, and legal actions are relatively cheaper and faster than in other jurisdictions.