Apple German Sales Ban Overturned

Apple has been granted a temporary lifting of the sales ban imposed on iPhone and iPad products in Germany, according to a report by the BBC. The ban, which was announced last week, had been put in place following a dispute with Motorola Mobility over an alleged patent infringement affecting the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and 3G iPad 2.

The latest twist in the protracted legal case has come about following Apple’s making of a new license payment offer to Motorola, something that must be evaluated by the court before the injunction can be put into force again. It is suggested that the suspension has been made possible due to the posting of a £100 million bond put in place by the Cupertino-based tech giant in order to temporarily resume sales.

An Apple statement said: “Apple appealed this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago.”

It does seem however that Motorola will attempt to overturn the decision, following the release of a statement reading: “Although the enforcement of the injunction has been temporarily suspended, Motorola Mobility will continue to pursue its claims against Apple.”

With the two companies also involved in a separate dispute regarding the alleged improper use of push email technology, it seems that the courtroom battle between the manufacturers is far from over yet.

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