Apple iCloud and MobileMe push service remains suspended in Germany


The Mannheim regional court in Germany has upheld an injunction, which means that push emails for Apple's iCloud and MobileMe services will remain suspended in the region.

The court ruled in favour of Motorola on Friday, in relation to a "multiple pager status synchronisation system and method" patent.

However, Apple said the decision does not affect the availability of devices, and that it would be appealing.

"This is the same case Motorola already brought against another Apple entity and the court's decision does not impact product availability," an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to IT Pro.

"Our customers in Germany should have no problem finding the iPad or iPhone they want. However, we disagree with the court's decision and plan to appeal the ruling."

The court said Apple must pay damages to Motorola, but no amount has been specified.

In a short statement, Motorola said it was pleased with ruling and that it will "continue to protect its intellectual property".

The court also considered a dispute over a second patent, relating to 3G standards, but a decision relating to this was not handed down.

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