News by Dan Seifert on Friday February 03, 2012.
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Apple released a statement in Germany today indicating that it has been required by the court to remove the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 2 with 3G from its online store because of a patent dispute with Motorola. Though the devices are unavailable online, they are still sold in Apple retail stores and partner locations.
The issue centers around a 3G/UMTS patent owned by Motorola that the two companies can't come to a licensing agreement on. Motorola was awarded victory in court on this issue back in December, but it appears that it waited until just recently to enforce the injunction. The iPhone 4S is conspicuously absent from the list of removed devices because it uses a Qualcomm chipset as opposed to the Infineon circuits in the other iPhone models and 3G iPad 2. Apple says that Motorola is not willing to license the patent on a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) basis. Motorola apparently is not interested in cross-licensing Apple's patents, but rather is fighting over the money and terms involved in the patent license agreement.
According to FOSS Patents, Motorola is attempting to get the injunction extended to retail locations and applied in the U.S. as well.
In a separate German ruling today, Motorola won its case against push email services used by Apple for its iCloud and MobileMe products, which could result in Apple removing this feature.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.