Apple announced today that it’s suspended push notifications for its iCloud and MobileMe services in Germany, due to an ongoing patent litigation with Motorola.
“Due to recent patent litigation by Motorola Mobility, the company announced in a statement today, posted on its support page, “iCloud and MobileMe users are currently unable to have iCloud and MobileMe email pushed to their iOS devices while located within the borders of Germany.”
Not that Apple execs agree with Motorola’s claims.
“Apple believes Motorola’s patent is invalid and is appealing the decision,” the statement read.
Still, most users probably aren’t interested in the he-said/she-said squabbling–they just want to get their mail.
To that end, Apple assured users that email would still be downloaded to their devices when the Mail app is opened or when the device fetched those messages as configured in the device’s iOS settings. Furthermore, it advised, push email services on desktop computers, laptops and online remains unaffected as does email delivered through other providers such as Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
It’s not the first time the two companies have duked it out over patents. Previously, Apple has battled Motorola (via its parent company Google) over who can lay claim to the slide-to-unlock feature on a phone. So far, Apple has come out ahead in that dispute. Earlier this month, a German court ruled in Apple’s favor, stating that the Motorola Mobility had infringed on Apple’s rights.
On Feb.3 however, German courts granted Motorola an injunction against iCloud, following a complaint that Motorola filed against the company in April 2011. While that injunction was initially ruled as “permanent,” it was lifted the same day after Apple agreed to pay a new license agreement
The legal dispute will eventually get another day in court as Apple executives say they plan to appeal the ban and challenge Motorola’s claims.