Monday, February 06, 2012

Apple iPhones, iPads back in German online store

It all had to do with a ban that was placed on its products, based on Motorola Mobility successfully getting a ruling from a German court that Apple's products illegally used Motorola's 3G cellular technology. While the decision was in December, Motorola just now got around to enforcing the ban, forcing Apple to initially decide to halt sales of iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4 models and various 3G versions of the iPad because they carried technology related to 3G UMTS.

But Apple got a temporary stay of execution by arguing that the Motorola patent is essential to the industry, and should be licensed in under a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory basis. Apple claimed Motorola wasn't being reasonable in negotiating a licensing deal, which puts the case back into limbo.