Motorola Deemed “Likely” To Win Injunction Against Apple’s iCloud

News | Wednesday November 16 2011 5:11 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

A German court in Mannheim, Germany seems to be prepared to rule in favor of Motorola in a patent lawsuit.
Last April, Motorola Mobility filed a patent lawsuit related to Apple ‘s MobileMe service against Apple Sales International, an Irish company that is the supplier of Apple products. When iCloud was introduced as its successor, Motorola argued that iCloud was a continuation of MobileMe and the lawsuit was updated accordingly.
, which is entitled “Multiple Pager Status Synchronization System and Method.” Its equivalent in the US is 
. Here’s a breakdown of what this entails:
“The issue for Apple here is that it would probably (if not almost certainly) be accused of infringing the patent-in-suit with any products containing the iCloud client software,” Mueller wrote. “While the patents covers a synchronization technology that requires a server, and Apple Sales International does not operate the servers (maybe Apple Inc. does, or otherwise some subsidiary other than the Irish distribution organization), all Apple devices containing the client software could be deemed to infringe the patent-in-suit contributorily.”
 reports that Apple experienced a dreadful hearing on the case on Friday as the court didn’t buy any of Apple ‘s defenses.
is of the opinion that Apple if the ruling had been delivered on Friday, it would have been against Apple . The ruling is scheduled for Feb 3rd, 2012, however, so Apple has some time to work on its case.
, this one can cause some damage. Apple ‘s requested bail amount is 2 billion Euros, or $2.7 billion. Bail amounts in cases like these are designed as a safety net for defendants, in case the injunction is set and later overturned. The court had its reservations about whether such a large amount was realistic, but Apple ‘s lawyers argued that damages on that scale were possible due to iCloud’s integration into Mac OS X Lion and its computers as well as
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