Apple has its sights set on more than just Samsung’s tablet in Europe. The company is also suing Motorola over its Xoom Android tablet, FOSS Patents reports.
FOSS’s Florian Mueller found evidence of Apple’s complaint against Motorola buried deep within yesterday’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 complaint. It’s a clear sign that Apple’s patent rampage against Android competition, which also includes HTC’s devices, isn’t letting up any time soon.
We’ve asked Motorola for comment on the news and will update when we hear back.
According to the filing, Apple has issued a complaint over the design of the Xoom, but it’s unclear if it has requested a preliminary injunction to have Motorola stop selling its tablet in Europe. Mueller writes: “While it’s not stated explicitly, I suppose that the complaint against Motorola also asks the court for an EU-wide injunction — but perhaps just for a permanent injunction without a previous preliminary one.”
Mueller also notes that German courts typically don’t grant preliminary injunctions if rights holder are aware of infringements for too long. Since the Xoom launched earlier this year, Apple is likely past whatever time limitation German courts typically impose for urgent preliminary injunctions. The company can still pursue a permanent injunction, however.
Apple and Motorola have been squabbling over more than 40 US patents since late last year, but this is the first time Apple has dragged the battle to Europe.