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  • German iCloud Push Email Reactivated After 19 Months of Motorola Patent Trolling

    German iCloud users were sent their first email push notifications in over a year and a half recently as Apple was finally allowed reactivate the feature after a winning stay on a 2012 injunction leveled by Google’s Motorola. As noted by Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, Apple turned the switch on German iCloud push notifications recently bringing an end to 19 months of unavailability over a now-invalidated Motorola patent.

    For those of you who didn’t know, in February 2012, Google’s Motorola won an injunction against Apple’s iCloud push notification service as it applied to emails. Since then, German iOS device users were forced to set their iPhones and iPads to manually fetch email messages, negating one of iCloud’s major features. Google’s patent-in-suit, push email synchronization, quickly came under fire and was invalidated by a UK court last December when the tech giant attempted to assert the property against Microsoft.

    In April, the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court in Germany held appellate hearings over the still standing iCloud injunction’s merits, recommending that Google’s counsel stipulate a stay of proceedings in light of the UK court’s decision. Google declined to do that and continued to enforce the ban. The Mannheim Regional Court the same month stayed a similar Motorola case against Microsoft, citing doubts over the patent’s validity. Most recently, the Federal Patent Court of Germany, or Bundespatentgericht, wrote in a preliminary position that the property was likely invalid.

    Just last month, Apple ultimately won a stay on the enforcement of the ban after a successful appeal. Following the stay, Apple posted a bond worth approximately $132 million to lift the injunction, which allowed for the reactivation of push services on Tuesday. Google will now face the German Federal Patent Court on November 13 for a nullity hearing on the Motorola patent, which Mueller believes will be ruled invalid. If this turns out to be the case, Google will owe Apple damages for prematurely enforcing an improper injunction, a penalty for which the company had several chances to avoid.

    Source: FOSS Patents via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: German iCloud Push Email Reactivated After 19 Months of Motorola Patent Trolling started by Akshay Masand View original post