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iCloud and MobileMe push email ban upheld by German court

iCloud and MobileMe push email ban upheld by German court

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A German court has upheld an earlier ruling that push email via Apple's iCloud and MobileMe services infringes on Motorola's patents.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that a German regional court in Mannheim has upheld an earlier ruling that push email via Apple's iCloud and MobileMe services infringes on Motorola's patents. The February decision led to push email being disabled on the services ever since, despite Apple's attempts to lift the injunction. Motorola's case is based on patent EP0847654, titled "Multiple Pager Status Synchronization System and Method." The judge residing over the case adjourned a decision on a separate issue related to mobile communication standards, and has not set a new date for the case. The court also ordered Apple to pay an unspecified amount in damages to Motorola.

The decision means that iCloud and MobileMe users in Germany will be without push email for the foreseeable future. Any users affected can see Apple's official support page for information on how to set up their devices to manually fetch e-mail.

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