Tis the season to be jolly. Things are finally looking good for both Motorola and Samsung in their separate battles against Apple’s tyranny in the mobile and tablet space. First up is the ruling from the court in Australia which has denied Apple’s appeal on the court’s decision to allow Samsung to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country. Apple secured an original injunction against the Android tablet in mid-October which was later lifted by the Australian court late last month. [1]

The second victory goes to Motorola which has been granted a preliminary enforceable injunction by the German Mannheim Regional Court against Ireland-based Apple Sales International on products which violate Motorola’s European Patent 1010336 (B1). The patent in question allows for a “method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system” and covers most of Apple’s iOS powered devices (iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPad 3G and iPad2 3G). Apple is able to avoid the injunction if it chooses to remove the element within the OS which infringe on Motorola’s patents, but we have a feeling that they’ll appeal the ruling and try to battle things out in the courts before conceding defeat. [2]

We know that all these patent stories are getting out of hand, but we’re glad that we’re starting to see a few of them go in Android’s favor.  Now that Apple is feeling the pressure from Android OEM’s, do you think they will back down on their patent attacks?


  1.  Engadget
  2.  Engadget

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