Very recently Apple gained an important victory against one of its biggest competitors – Samsung. This week the tech giant won another battle. A Munich based court decided that Motorola Mobility was guilty of infringing an Apple held patent.
The patent in question is referred to as “overscroll bounce” or “rubber-banding” and is used in interface animation. For the moment there will be no explicit measures taken towards Motorola because Apple has first to request the ban on Motorola products that use the technology.
Patent expert Florian Muller, who initially posted the information on the FossPatents blogs, claimed that Apple will surely be willing to ensure a German sales ban on Motorola products by paying 25 million Euros to see it happen. Nevertheless Muller thinks that Motorola isn’t in deep waters just yet:
"Motorola doesn't have to look far for a workaround: stock Android (the version of Android that Google makes available for download) comes with a glow effect instead of the overscroll bounce."
Google and Motorola Mobility are expected to appeal the decision at the Munich Higher Regional Court to try to revoke Apple's patent at the European Patent Office, arguing that it should never have been granted to begin with.
Source: FOSS Patents: German court hands Apple rubber-banding patent injunction against Google's Motorola Mobility