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Apple Loses iCloud, MobileMe Patent Battle In Germany

Several days ago, a German regional court ruled against Apple in the iCloud and MobileMe patent case - resulting in Motorola Mobility winning another battle in this legal war, successfully managing to protect its patents.

Consequently, Apple cannot send push emails to iCloud and MobileMe users in Germany. The first court ruling on this matter dates back to February, when a judge decided to ban push notifications to iOS users.

At the time, Apple tried to appeal and now, the Mannheim regional court has backed the previous decision. In addition, Apple has to pay damages to Motorola Mobility, but the amount is still unknown.

When the issue emerged, Apple announced on a dedicated webpage (opens in new tab) why the users located within the German borders won't be able to use full iCloud and MobileMe services.

"Affected customers will still receive iCloud and MobileMe email, but new messages will be downloaded to their devices when the Mail app is opened, or when their device periodically fetches new messages as configured in iOS Settings," said then the company.

For Apple, the recent loss is even more painful considering the implications.

Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion and is looking to invest even more in its massive patent base.

Source: WSJ (opens in new tab)

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