Motorola patent that got Apple's push mail banned in Germany could be invalid, court says

In a case pitting Motorola against Microsoft, a German court raised doubts about a patent Motorola had asserted against Apple

By Loek Essers, IDG News Service |  IT Management

For over a year now, as a result of lawsuit by Motorola over the same patent, users of iOS devices in Germany only receive mail when they open the Mail app, or when the app is set to check for email. Apple had to turn push mail services for iCloud and its predecessor MobileMe off in February last year after a decision by a German court.

Apple appealed that case and the Higher Regional Court in Karlsruhe is set to rule in that case next Thursday, said Christiane Oehler, spokeswoman for the Karlsruhe appeals court.

Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to loek_essers@idg.com

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