It seems that Apple aren’t the only winners in the “getting folk banned from selling products due to patent infringements” game; they’re also suffering the same bite back from other handset manufacturers.
This week, Apple failed to show up to court hearing in Germany regarding their alleged infringement of patents owned by Motorola, meaning that the Hardware giant risks Motorola getting their own way, unchallenged – something Samsung no doubt wish they had the luxury of!
As proceedings currently stand, Apple’s lack of an appearance meant that the products were banned by default unless the company can get the verdict suspended.
Apple are not overly concerned though, telling CNET “this is a procedural issue and has nothing to do with the merits of the case … It does not affect our ability to do business or sell products in Germany at this time” – and Apple still have a week or two to file against the default judgement and get it suspended. This will mean that they have to post bail, but given the importance of this case and Apple not being short of a bob or two, that hardly seems like a concern.
Of course, if this case is passed, it will effectively make selling iPhones and iPads illegal in Germany – not the best way to do business in a major technology consuming territory…