In a new report by FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller this evening, it is reported that a pending injunction in Germany, which could arrive as a result of a lawsuit mobile manufacturer and patent-hogging rival Motorola Mobility has brought against the company, may see the Cupertino firm lose a staggering $2.7 Billion.
The report notes that, if the court does in fact side with Motorola in the case, Apple could be forced to shut down its just-launched iCloud media service over the infringement of one of Motorola’s many held patents.
The court doesn’t appear to buy any of Apple’s defenses at this stage. It may still change mind until the ruling, which is scheduled for February 3, 2012, 9 AM local time, but if it had had to rule today, I have no doubt that Apple would have lost.
However, if Apple does lose this case it won’t just be iCloud which is at risk. See, because iCloud is now integrated into the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, Apple may be forced to pull these products from German shelves, too.
If Motorola wins its case and an injunction is granted, Apple could be forced to pull all of its products in Germany that contain the infringing iCloud integration. It is typical in German courts to require winning parties to post bonds in order to guarantee repayment of lost income should the defendant win an appeal of the ruling, and Apple has asked that Motorola be required to post a 2 billion euro ($2.7 billion) bond in this case.
Final ruling on the case is expected to take place on February 3, 2012 (9AM Local) – and, more so than the on-going saga that is the Apple-vs-Sasmung case, it will definitely be interesting to see how this one plays out.