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Motorola patent being enforced against Apple's iCloud invalidated by UK judge

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Google's Motorola on Friday lost its UK patent infringement case against Microsoft after a High Court judge invalidated a property currently being used as the basis of an injunction against Apple's iCloud in Germany.

The ruling from UK High Court Judge Richard Arnold found Motorola's patent for synchronizing messages across multiple mobile devices is invalid, reports Bloomberg (via FOSS Patents, allowing Apple a chance to possibly overturn an existing German injunction against iCloud push notifications the Google subsidiary won using the same intellectual property.

?The patent is invalid and should be revoked,? Judge Arnold said.

At issue was Motorola's European Patent No. EP0847654 for a "Multiple pager synchronization system and method," which calls for the automatic updating of message read status across a number of pagers associated with the same pager number. The property is the European equivalent of U.S. Patent No. 5,754,119 which carries the same name.

Motorola Pager Sync Patent
Source: Espacenet


In February, the IP was successfully leveraged against Apple's iCloud push notification system in Germany, resulting in a service shutdown that remains active today. Apple's motion to stay the ban was rebuffed in March by the Karlsruhe Court of Appeals. While both methods synchronize digital content on a pluarlity of mobile devices, Motorola's patent targets pager technology from the 1990s while Apple's service includes email, texts, and other communications protocols that have gained popularity in the intervening years.

According to the judgment, if Motorola's patent had been upheld, Microsoft's Live Messenger instant messaging and Exchange email services would be in violation of the IP, suggesting those assets could have seen a shutdown similar to the one imposed on Apple.

Friday's decision comes ahead of another Motorola v. Microsoft trial scheduled to take place in Germany's Mannheim Regional Court in February. Apple also has two upcoming court dates with Motorola at which the invalidation will likely be leveraged to lift the current iCloud injunction.
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Motorola won't have to apologize to Apple, though.

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Yea, sad.. double standards abound.... That last judge that made Apple 'apologize' seemed heavily biased.. The whole 'not as cool' comment struck me as dripping with sarcasm.
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Yea, sad.. double standards abound.... That last judge that made Apple 'apologize' seemed heavily biased.. The whole 'not as cool' comment struck me as dripping with sarcasm.


Oh, yeah. I'm glad the Apple community jumped on it and read it as written, but I don't think that's how he intended it.

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post #5 of 14
Make Motorola display an Apple apology on the UK website, otherwise it never happened.
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Funny how when Apple had to apologize the British judges were "smart".

Now that the British declared a patent invalid that Motorola had used to force Apple to modify iCloud (good news in the haters minds ), I wonder what they think now?

I imagine this thread will have the usual idiots hiding away until the next story they can spew their garbage ones along.

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Originally Posted by sflocal View Post

Make Motorola display an Apple apology on the UK website, otherwise it never happened.

Why not on the Google home page where it belongs?

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Why not on the Google home page where it belongs?

Good idea !
post #9 of 14
Going on Apple v Samsung the UK judge probably ruled software=invalid.

Was it a community court?
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Nice.  If you look at the patent there really is no invention there and it almost doesn't even qualify as innovative.  Just another patent designed to obstruct competitors instead of fostering innovation.

 

Nice one judges! 

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Hopefully the Germans that this into account and allow their citizens to fully use their iPhones with iClouds.

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Oh, yeah. I'm glad the Apple community jumped on it and read it as written, but I don't think that's how he intended it.

Mmm. Interesting. I never read it that way. Looking at the comments surrounding the 'cool' part, I don't think he was trying to be sarcastic; he was trying to be trendy.
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Hopefully the Germans that this into account and allow their citizens to fully use their iPhones with iClouds.

I'm hoping that for them as well. They are already left out of Street View, save a few cities. Much on their own request, though.

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Motorola won't have to apologize to Apple, though.


In that case the suit had nothing to do with the ipad. It used a registered design that did not represent any product that made it to market. This case also has nothing to do with copying. You can infringe upon something without even being aware of it. I like seeing things invalidated. If any company takes it as far as litigation, their patents should be closely examined. This ensures they can't assert trash patents indefinitely.

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