Apple to Use Decision in Motorola Patent Case to Lift Current iCloud Injunction
Google’s Motorola recently lost its UK patent infringement case against Microsoft after a judge invalidated a property currently being used as the basis of an injunction against Apple’s iCloud in Germany. The ruling from U.K. High Court Judge Richard Arnold found that Motorola’s patent for synchronizing messages across multiple mobile devices is invalid according to a report from Bloomberg
. This allows Apple a chance to possibly overturn an existing German injunction against iCloud push notifications that the Google subsidiary won using the same intellectual property.
To be more specific Motorola’s European Patent No. EP0847654
for a “Multiple pager synchronization system and method” was at issue here. It 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.
Previously in February, the same intellectual property was successfully leveraged against Apple’s iCloud pus notification system in Germany, resulting in a service shutdown which still remains active to this day. Apple’s motion to stay the ban was rebuffed in March by the Karlsruhe Court of Appeals. Although both methods synchronize digital content on multiple mobile devices, Motorola’s patent targets pager technology from the 1990s while Apple’s service includes emails, texts, and other communications protocols that have gained popularity since then.
According to the current judgment, if Motorola’s patent had been upheld, Microsoft’s Live Messenger instant messaging and Exchange email services would be in violation of the intellectual property, suggesting those assets could have been shut down similarly to the way Apple’s iCloud service was, therefore giving an argument to bring to court. Apple will have two upcoming court dates with Motorola where the invalidation will likely be leveraged to lift the current iCloud injunction.