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Apple did not infringe Motorola's 3G patents, says German court

News by Dan Seifert on Friday February 10, 2012.

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It looks like Motorola's success in the German legal system has come to an abrupt halt, as a judge in a regional court has determined that Apple is not in violation of one of Motorola's 3G patents.

The judge determined that Motorola failed to prove to a conclusive point that Apple was in violation of a patent related to "method and system for generating a complex pseudonoise sequence for processing a code division multiple access [CDMA] signal." Motorola had insisted that this patent is essential to telecommunications, but that was never determined by a standards setting organization, and apparently, the court did not agree with Motorola's position.

Despite today's setback, Motorola has still had success against Apple in Germany with two other complaints, one concerning push email services and the other related to GPRS technology. Either one of those patent victories is enough to disrupt Apple's supply chain in Germany, as was shown by the brief removal of the Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, and 3G iPad models from its German online store last week. [via FOSS Patents]

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