“Apple Inc. (AAPL) won a German appeals court ruling temporarily blocking the enforcement of a patent verdict obtained by Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) in December,” Karin Matussek reports for Bloomberg.
“Motorola Mobility, which forced Apple to remove some iPad and iPhone models from its German online store for a short period, can’t enforce the verdict during an appeal,” Matussek reports. “The ruling was issued after the iPad maker revised license-agreement terms it offered Motorola Mobility, the court said in an e-mailed statement today. ‘At the current state of the proceedings, it is to be assumed that Motorola Mobility would violate its duties under antitrust rules if it continues to ask Apple to stop the sales,’ the court said in a statement.”
Matussek reports, “Today’s case concerned a so-called standard essential [FRAND] patent that companies must license to competitors because they can’t produce the devices without the technology… Motorola Mobility, based in Libertyville, Illinois, would violate its duties if it doesn’t accept the new offer and thus can’t make use of the verdict during an appeal, the court said. It didn’t disclose details of Apple’s offer.”