German court was make an interesting decision yesterday. They ruled that Apple’s patent is not violated in the Motorola’s Xoom design. But on the same time, the local authorities also deny Motorola’s request for declaring that Apple’s patent is invalid.
As you might already know, Apple was filed a lawsuit against Motorola in Germany few months ago. Their main goal is to ban the tablet’s sales in the whole Europe. The reason? well, they said that Xoom is feature some technology that already patented for Apple’s iPad. I personally don’t see where is the similar part between iPad and Xoom, but still, the trial goes on. Motorola, which is now owned by Google, create a counter by filing another suit against Apple. They said that the Cupertino based company’s patent is invalid in Germany. It is quite hard to decide the winner of this case, but like i’ve already told you earlier, German court already made the decision. They also ask Apple to pay 2/3 of the costs, while the rest will be paid by Motorola.
It is not the first time Apple try to do such thing in Europe. Previously, they’ve successfully ban Galaxy Tab sales in the continent. The Korean based company is forced to return into their drawing board and come out with new re-designed Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N, which made specially for European market to avoid Apple’s patent infringement issue.
I don’t know about you guys, but i am getting tired with all of these patent and law suit issues. Why can’t these companies put bigger effort on creating good product and let customers decide which one is better? I know that it is very important to protect your intellectual right, but when the situation turned out to be like this, i don’t think that mobile industry will go further in the next decade.
What about you guys? What is your opinion about this matter?
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