Update: 8PM ET: Apple has updated the store and all 3G devices are again available.
Just this morning Apple was dealt a patent blow by a German court that ruled Apple’s 3G products outside of the iPhone 4S were in violation of Motorola patents. The “Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory” (FRAND) nature of the patents means Apple should be able to purchase licensing rights to those patents at market rates (i.e. what Nokia, Samsung, and others pay). According to Apple, Motorola has not offered those types of terms.
Fast forward to a few minutes ago: Apple stated the 3G devices in question would be back on sale “shortly”…
Apple has been granted a suspension of the German injunction against 3G-enabled iOS devices, with the iPad WiFi + 3G, iPhone 4 and other gadgets back on sale through the company’s online store. ”All iPad and iPhone models will be back on sale through Apple’s online store in Germany shortly” the company told us in a statement. “Apple appealed this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago.”
- Motorola German patent win bans online sale of Apple 3G devices (9to5google.com)
- Apple forced to remove all 3G devices except iPhone 4S from German stores following Motorola victory (9to5mac.com)