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German judges say Motorola Xoom doesn't infringe iPad design

Apple is locked in legal combat with many Android manufacturers, with a range of tactics being used to try to keep iPad and iPhone competitors off store shelves. In Germany, Apple's had some success using tablet design patents against the likes of Samsung, and it's also attempted to use the same tactics against Motorola's 10.-1inch Xoom.

However, today a court in Dusseldorf, Germany ruled that Moto's tablet does not infringe upon the iPad's design patents. Specifically, NASDAQ​ reports that the judges decided that the shape of the Xoom's corners and back were enough for it to be distinguishable from Apple's tablet. It wasn't a complete win for Moto, however, as the court also dismissed a counterclaim from Motorola that Apple's design patents were invalid.

Moto was ordered to pay one third of costs, with Apple being told to pay two thirds.

Source: NASDAQ

Alex Dobie
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Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • It seems like apple is in a frenzy to keep consumers buying their products by targeting its main competition. It almost seems childish. But at the same time I can understand why they would take offense to creating a product and having another company come along and mimic their idea. However, if consumers want an Apple product then they'll buy an Apple product. If they want an Android the will buy an Android. It isn't like someone will accidentally buy one or the other by mistake.
  • I don't know Tom, I was awful confused when I saw that Xoom running iOS... wait, was it an iPad running Android? No, I know what it was now. An apple PC running Windows. :) Speaking of, how long before Apple targets Windows phones? Or are they already? I don't follow WPM much yet.
  • Exactly!
  • another iFail! How can one ever mistake a xoom for an iPad? I have a xoom and I would never confuse it with an iPad. Don't get me wrong I actually like the iPad. It just isn't what I wanted in a tablet, where the xoom was what i wanted. It still runs great, and I have no issues with it.
  • Cannot believe that Crapple only had to pay two thirds of the case cost even after they lost. Crapple should be paying 100% of the cost. Paying the court cost should have nothing to do with the counter claim.
  • Exactly!
  • Steve Jobs Apple....give it up!
  • So.... do TV manufacturers constantly sue each other because most TVs look the same?
    Rectangular, check.
    Black frame, check.
    Remote control, check.
    HDMI ports, check. OMG SUE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!11\\\\ Apple literally has nothing to do here. They know their phone/tablet sales aren't growing anymore thanks to all that Android stuff. Get over it, it's called competition.
  • On this basis, Ford motor company would be able to sue almost every car manufacturer.
    I can understand when a product mimics another as in my opinion the Samsung Galaxy S did the ifoney, but can you really claim to be the only one with rounded corners etc. Definitely an iFail and I would have hoped as losing plaintiffs, Crapple were made to pay 100% of costs and warned against bringing such frivolous cases to court again in the future.
  • what people don't know or tend to forget is that Apple is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to taking someone else's idea and marketing it as their own. Some of the items on the iphone and ipad were around long before.
  • That's where Apple shines, adopting someone else's ideas, changing it slightly, then patenting it. Why they were allowed to get away with it for so long baffles me, but the rest of the industry is paying for it now.
  • The rest of the industry got lazy with patents. And Apple has been obssessed with them since Microsoft ripped of elements of the Mac OS to use in Windows. Honestly, I can see validity to some of Apple's suits. Like those aimed at Samsung, which seems to go out of their way to make their phones look like iPhones. But suing Motorola or HTC? Come on.
  • Guess Apple didn't really want the elements of their os because they went out and bought another company to give it a different interface. I have an HP tablet from about 10 years ago that is identical to an iPad the only difference is where the button is under the screen on an iPad it says HP in a circle guess HP had a time machine to steal apples ideas from the future. I think the part that kill me the most about apple is they act like technology didn't exist before the iPhone and iPad and they invented the world in under 5 years.
    Different direction though since their has been so many of these false suits apple has made I forget but did they keep Motorola from selling the Xoom in Germany till this case was final?
  • No story on iWhore? 0 comments in 9to5mac.... I think the sheep have run away for now.
  • On a related note.... How long before Apple sues about the Nexus 7?
  • exactly, apple will sue google for stealing the idea for a 7" table, even though there been 7" tablets out before apple even came up with a Ipad 7