Apple sues Motorola over Xoom tablet in Europe

Apple is once again going after a rival tablet, claiming that its design was taken from Apple's iPad device. The FOSS Patents web site reports that Apple has filed a complaint with a German court against Motorola, the maker of the Android-powered tablet the Xoom. Apple and Motorola had previously fought over patent ownership back in October 2010 in the US but this new complaint is the first time we have seen the legal fight extended over to Europe.

So far, Apple has yet to seek an injunction asking the court to keep the Motorola Xoom from being sold in Europe. The Xoom was first launched in its 3G form back in February, and in March a WiFi only version was released. Motorola has recently said it has shipped about 440,000 units of the Xoom tablet so far this year. In September, the Xoom is supposed to get its long awaited 4G update via Verizon.

Apple has already gotten courts in Australia and more recently in Europe to agree to keep Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet from being sold in those territories while the two companies fight in court over their own patent disputes. The European ban happened on Tuesday and in a statement to News.com, Samsung said the decision to keep the Galaxy Tab 10.1 off store shelves was a surprise, saying, "The request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung."

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Ji@nBing said,
Dear God. Someone needs to stop Apple. They're becoming like the Hitler of the tech world.

I've stopped buying Apple products because of the way they treat customers (especially with Mobile Me, Apple store "geniuses" and forced upgrades). I just wish I got out earlier. It's really hard to get out of the locked-in system they put you in.

Enron said,

I've stopped buying Apple products because of the way they treat customers (especially with Mobile Me, Apple store "geniuses" and forced upgrades). I just wish I got out earlier. It's really hard to get out of the locked-in system they put you in.


Kind of like Samsung who just responded with "No such problem on this completely different device we tested it on" and threw my mail in the trash after I had mailed them and asked if they planned to release an update for my 7 inch galaxy tab to give it a larger cache to make it possible to download all the market apps, currently I can't download any apps larger than 30 mb since my cache is only 30mb.

The wrote to me and said there was no such problem on their Galaxy Tab 10.1...
I had to fill on what device it concerned when I contacted them, how hard could it be. That is worthless support, shouldn't have been such a problem to begin with, if the android market accept apps up to 50mb large why put a 30mb cache on a device?! (Galaxy S has the same problem)

2 things going on here, Apples patents are too broad, and stifling the competition. Its like Apple knows the competition wants to use a similar design. Similar design to Apple = more consumer recognition. On the other hand the competition could try to break from the traditional looks and design something innovative. Either way Apple needs to stop ruining the competition and the competition needs to at least try to out innovate Apple in design

Let them go...it will come back to bite them when the EU starts an anti-trust lawsuit against them.
Apple are close to monopolising the market so something will have to give as it did to Microsofts products years ago.

I already refuse to purchase any further Apple products. My ipod touch and MBP will be upgraded in 2012, and I have already planned going back to Windows.

LLTC said,
Let them go...it will come back to bite them when the EU starts an anti-trust lawsuit against them.
Apple are close to monopolising the market so something will have to give as it did to Microsofts products years ago.

I already refuse to purchase any further Apple products. My ipod touch and MBP will be upgraded in 2012, and I have already planned going back to Windows.


Oh, G-D, please don't tell me they're gonaa monopolize the market...

This is total BS anymore. When will it stop? Clearly androids popularity has apple running scared. HTCs announcement tomorrow should be interesting.

smooth3006 said,
This is total BS anymore. When will it stop? Clearly androids popularity has apple running scared. HTCs announcement tomorrow should be interesting.

This is what its all about
Apple knows theri products are overpriced pieces of crap, and that something better has come along and are trying to block them from ever hitting the market. Itll hurt them in the end

Beyond Godlike said,

This is what its all about
Apple knows theri products are overpriced pieces of crap, and that something better has come along and are trying to block them from ever hitting the market. Itll hurt them in the end


I suppose the superiority of these devices are why their sale are so low (compared to the iPad) and their return rates are so high (compared to their sales).
I have a 7 inch galaxy tab, seriously, every single honeycomb device out there is crap.

calimike said,
Will Apple going to sued Micrsoft for block Windows 8 tablets from sale in US, Asia and Euro?

If anyone design a windows 8 tablet that looks like the iPad, then yes, and as we've now seen they are right to do so.

Wow, Apple is becoming more and more of a bitch of a company each day. They are just worried about the $$$ the competition is taking away from them. Instead of making their products better and providing the customers with more...they would be much better off.

People need to remember that Apple doesn't always do the suing. I seem to recall that in the 1980s Apple LOST a case in California where they were accused of stealing their own name. The Beatles won that case (Apple Corp).

more and more negative things about apple, hope it all bites them in the butt, still never going to buy an apple product, over priced pieces of crap

I think we are at the point where it is clear that Apple simply can't compete on the merits of their products and this is the only way they can try to prevent competition. This is again not only anti-competitive but anti-consumer in every way possible.

Btw, they are ripe for monopoly lawsuits because they actually have 70+% of the tablet market now. So if this isn't the case for monopoly charges i don't know what is.

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