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Motorola German Patent Win Forces Apple to Turn Off Push Notifications in MobileMe and iCloud

In chapter 352 of the Apple vs. the world patent saga, a tale of push notifications violating a Motorola patent is the topic. Moto is apparently asking a German court to force Apple to stop said notifications in their MobileMe and iCloud products effective immediately. It appears as if Apple has no choice in the matter and has already issued a message through their support forums to German customers, informing them that push notifications for those two services are no longer available.

To give you a bit of a background, just understand that push notifications are those that appear from services like email or Twitter the second you receive something new. Without a push notification enabled in a service, you would either have to manually refresh your app to see what you have that is new or set up your app to automatically refresh every so often. Push notifications are not essential, but they do make life a hell of a lot easier.

Apple has already appealed this ruling.

Via:  AP, Apple, FOSS Patents

Cheers Dan!

  • yarrellray

    It’s about time they start eliminating certain aspects of apples operating system. Now let’s work on removing their pull down shade on IOS 5 as well as all their Google applications. Yes Gmail, Google maps, Google plus should all be removed from EVERY iphone and ipad immediately. Then let’s see how great apple really is

  • richlizard24

    Aside from the fact that Motorola produces Android devices, this has very little to do with Android.

  • KRS_Won

    Motorola should figure ways that Apple could make a work-around and patent those too.

  • Bobukcat

    Does anyone else think that Foss is a bit of an Apple fanboi? Even though he says he uses a Samsung Android phone he seems to taint his opinions against everyone but Apple. For instance if Motorola had to turn off push notification it would probably be a big deal “it does affect battery life and  its been around since the early Blackberries (or earlier)) but Android doesn’t have it?!??!, but since it’s Apple that has to turn it off it’s just a configuration change and no big deal. 

    • Droidzilla

      Florian Mueller (guy behind FOSS Patents) is a know Apple/MS fanboi (that or he’s simply anti-Google, which is pretty likely). If you want something unbiased, go to Groklaw.

  • Google WINS!

    Flawless victory.

    • Droidzilla

      Finish him!

    • Google

      Yeah great win. It only stops push notification for email through iCloud/mobileme. Guess how many people use apple’s email? hahah, not many. All other push notifications still working. Hahaha, this is your big win?

  • Sporttster

    Methinks these companies are run by a bunch of children the way they’re acting…..

  • how about that chrome update I can’t get yet!

    • ddevito

      It’s available now

      • careful, sounds like it is broken if not on stock 4.0.2

        • ddevito

          works fine

          -posted in the updated Chrome Beta on my GNex running 4.0.4 🙂

  • Darkseider

    Apple plays this off like no big deal.  Problem is by eliminating push notifications your phone, if the setting is available in the app, will either constantly poll or poll every “X” time.  This wreaks havoc on battery life.

  • John Burke

    Score one for Android … Happy Birthday Steve Jobs!

  • Michael_NM

    I’d like to put all the patent attorneys on a cliff and give them a push “notification.”

    • ddevito


    • Michael Forte

      What an epic comment.

    • Carlos

      How about putting Apple on a cliff and give them a push “notification.”?

  • Rich

     good for moto, since apple wants to stop sales in America, stop apple in Germany…

  • ddevito

    And today’s Steve Jobs birthday.

    I repected him, but not these silly lawsuits. Happy Birthday and rest in peace Mr. Jobs, but this is your fault. 

    • Droidzilla

      I respect The Woz, but I never much respected Jobs. He was very successful, but he wasn’t an innovator (though he did employ some); I don’t think I’d even go so far as to call him a visionary. More of a great salesman.

      • Michael_NM

        A brilliant salesman, and micro-manager of resources. Without Woz in the beginning, we’d have no idea who Jobs was.

      • Google

        yeah you are right. changing the personal computing industry, cellphone industry, tablet industry, music industry and animation industry was all just luck. 

        • Google

          oh and creating and running the worlds most valuable corporation. all luck.

        • Jim

           I worship at the altar of Steve Jobs!

          There. FIFY

          • Google

            no need to worship him just admit that the man was brilliant and was part of revolutionizing multiple industries. luck can maybe help you do one thing but four or five plus starting the world’s most valuable corporation is well beyond luck. 

          • Jobs Blows

            He was a lucky dick.

        • Tony Allen

          He didn’t create any of those things, he was just in control of them. 😉

      • Noyfb

        Apple open the door, and Google walked through it

      • Well said, good sir.  I agree with you whole-heartedly!

  • These patent wars aren’t fair to consumers. People in germany shouldn’t have to hear that the services they paid for by proxy are getting trimmed because of some dumb patent. The same way people with HTC phones shouldn’t hear that their email app will no longer generate a link for someone’s phone number. 

    Also, here’s the obligatory HA! YOU GOT WHAT WAS COMING TO YOU APPLE! comment. 

  • This is stupid

    Will someone please enlighten me on these lawsuits. Why are they only country specific. Why not just rule it that way everywhere?

    • EC8CH

      US has a patent system separate from the EU and other countries.  

    • Ookami_Evo

      different laws and standards. This may set the precedent for other victories however 

    • Droidzilla

      Different countries have different governments. Until the Robotech Masters lose their protoculture ship and the Zentradi come to claim it, we won’t have a United Earth Federation (even then, I bet patent laws will still be convoluted; I’m just hoping there won’t be an injunction against the Veritech because Lockheed Martin thinks they have the patent for wing transformation).

  • Michael Forte

    Suck it Apple! I hope they lose more lawsuits so hopefully they learn and stop their stupid patent trolling.

    • same here

      • ddevito

        same – maybe they’re getting it ready? 

  • John



    getting stoned much apple?