Apple to pay Motorola for push e-mail patents relating to iCloud

Apple to pay Motorola for push e-mail patents relating to iCloud

Apple is going to owe Motorola damages for infringing on push email patents currently being used by iCloud and Mobile, so sayeth the Mannheim, Germany regional court.  iPhone and iPad users in Germany had push email disabled back in February over the case, and today's ruling backs up Motorola's ban.

Apple is still advising, via knowledge-base article, that German iCloud and MobileMe users switch to pull email.

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. Push email service on desktop computers, laptop computers, and the web is unaffected, as is service from other providers such as Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.

This is a bum deal for iOS users in Germany, who might still be able to get email, but not at the lightning speed that push affords. You would think that if Apple had paid for damages, there would also be some sort of licensing in place to allow things to go back to normal. Then there's the precedent this sets for other markets -- is it possible that Motorola could lock out push email in other countries too? If they do, odds are good that other Android devices would be spared, seeing as Google is on the cusp of owning Motorola.

I don't like Apple being left a significant step behind any more than you guys do, but hey, at least in the U.S. Apple is beating out Motorola. How many of y'all rely on push email? Any Germans in the house been impacted by this case?

Source: WSJ, Apple Knowledge Base

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Apple to pay Motorola for push e-mail patents relating to iCloud


I rely on push email and Apple should have to license the technology. It doesn't fall under FRAND since it isn't an essential patent like 3G, WiFi, etc. So perhaps this is the beginning of the detente in the stupid patent battles that do little more than make the lawyers rich and hold technology back and keep users from getting the most out of their devices.
I do see this going further and further as a precedent in other markets.

exactly anything other than FRAND should have been sorted out. I've been using filters and boxcar for my push emails. Means you don't get annoyed with the low priority ones.

Yup, stupid patent. Maybe when the worlds most popular phone gets bitten, people will wake up to the damaging joke software patents have become