The court of Mannheim, Germany, has ruled that Apple infringed upon two European patents. The first one is a “method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system” and the second a “multiple pager status synchronization system and method”.
Without specifying which products are infringing upon the patents, the ruling constitutes a ban. Apple said that “this is a procedural issue and has nothing to do with the merits of the case. It does not affect our ability to do business or sell products in Germany at this time”.
Why is this victory formal? Apple is present in Germany via two companies: Apple Inc., the worldwide company, and Apple Germany, its local subsidiary. Apple Inc. doesn’t sell any products in Germany and as such, a ban couldn’t affect product sales. Apple Germany on the other hand is still fighting the case — though Apple Inc. is determined to appeal the ruling anyway. If you’re interested in more details and explanations check out the source link below!