Apple has suffered a major defeat against rival US phone-maker Motorola, after the latter won an injunction that could see iCloud permanently banned in Germany.
Motorola took Apple to court last year over allegations that the Cupertino-based giant’s cloud storage service infringes upon at least one of its patents covering “multiple pager status synchronization system and method”, due to how push email is delivered across different iOS devices.
The ruling, which only applies to Germany, means Apple will need to take down iCloud and re-launch it once the infringing functionality has been removed or significantly modified to the court’s satisfaction.
Meanwhile, Apple has quietly removed iPhone and iPad range from of its German site, which according to FOSS Patents, is a direct result of the injuction.
An Apple spokesperson said: “While iPad and iPhone models are currently unavailable in our [German] online store, our customers will still be able to find these devices in stores or at authorised retailers.”
Motorola is currently in the process of being acquired by Google, which will see the search giant command a substantial patents war chest to go after its Californian rival in the intense race for smartphone supremacy.
It’s difficult to say at this point whether the decision will affect iCloud operation in the UK and rest of Europe. For the time being, it seems Apple’s legal tussle is largely focussed on our Teutonic neighbours.