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Motorola XOOM Found Not to Infringe on Apple’s Design Patents in Germany

You guys remember the XOOM right? It may not be the sexiest thing in the world, but it has gone through 2 versions of Android already, soon to be upgraded to a third. In Germany, Apple decided that the XOOM looked a little bit too much like their tablet and took Motorola to court over it.

Luckily for Android tablet makers, the court denied that Motorola has infringed upon anything with their design of the XOOM. Unfortunately it wasn’t the total victory that Moto was looking for. They said that Apple’s registration for the patent was invalid, but the court did not agree. Both parties won something here but don’t think this will keep companies from filing suit again.

Via: The Verge

  • master94

    I can see the court case now
    Apple: Moto is infringing on our design patents
    Moto: No we are not
    Judge: What patent is moto infringing on
    Apple:Um….the rectangle
    Judge:Get out of my court.

  • MrEnglish

    The only thing the Xoom infringes on is my wallet and my sanity. It’s a bleak reminder of why NOT to jump on the next new device before it spends some time in the wild. A classic failure to my needs from purchase to giveaway. Yes, giveaway, as in get it out of here for free or I will throw it out a window. Meh.

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      Sorry to hear that… I grabbed my wifi Xoom on launch (3/27/2011) — it’s a daily driver for me and on ICS, this thing is a beast. Admittedly, it was a bit lackluster at launch but now — order of magnitude difference in performance. Really looking forward to ‘Project Butter’ in the next couple of weeks.

      • Geronimus

        There’s already a Jellybean rom for Xoom courtesy of Team EOS. Runs great too.

        • Lactose_the_Intolerant

          Yep — I haven’t rooted my Xoom… I always root my phones but for some reason I have been resistant to doing it on my tablet… oh well, Soon™.

    • master94

      Sorry to hear that. If you dont want it I’ll take it 🙂

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    Do we remember the Xoom? Do we remember the very first legitimate Android tablet, and the very first tablet to have a tablet optimized OS? No…why would we?

  • RBI411

    A shame the Xoom never managed to infringe upon a working SD card slot. Read only? Pfft.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Huh? My Xoom has had read write access for as long as I can remember. Why’s are you still running Honeycomb?

      • RBI411

        I’m running ICS. The Xoom only has read unless you get an app to remount it at read/write. Either way you cant do apps to SD.

  • Greg

    I guess

  • “Apple decided that the XOOM looked a little bit too much like their tablet”

    Isn’t this true of any tablet? A tablet would have to be a triangle for this not to be true.

    • Blood

      It will still be too similar. It would have to have no corners and just be a circle in order for it not too look like the iPad.

      • No no, a circle is still flat. It would have to be a sphere. A bright red sphere with no screen.

    • DroidzFX

      Got that too.

  • tkc122


    Keep trollin’ *pple

  • is the galaxy tab ever going to get ics?

    • No. Get over it.

      • Samsungsucks

        Because you shouldn’t have to.

        • its supposed to be updated this month,if not I just might root it

      • i should, its not like it cost me anything in the first place

      • well really its all ready unlocked