In one of its many legal disputes over patents and intellectual property, Apple recently faced off against Motorola Mobility in the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany. The ruling on this case came down on December 9 in favor of Motorola, potentially jeopardizing Apple's ability to sell products equipped with 3G mobile internet capabilities and cutting into sales of related smartphone accessories.
According to BBC News, this case centers around a Motorola patent for a highly specific mobile data transfer function, which the company licenses according to the terms of fair and reasonable use. Motorola alleged, and the German court upheld, that Apple used this patent in the design of its iPhone and iPad without properly licensing it.
The news source reports that Apple has not formally commented on the matter. For its part, Motorola claimed that the ruling vindicated its right to protect its intellectual property.
No injunction has resulted from this ruling, and Apple is expected to request that none be issued if it files for an appeal with the judicial authority. If Motorola seeks one, it must put up a 100 euro bond (approximately $133 million).
CNET reports that this is the second time the Mannheim court has ruled in favor of Motorola against Apple, the first taking place one month earlier over two separate patent infringement allegations.