A German court ruled that the Xoom tablet, made by Google’s Motorola, does not copy the style of Apple’s iPad, as per the Dow Jones Newswires. Apple originally said that the Xoom infringed upon 3 of the iPad’s design patents.
While the win gives Motorola lawful ammunition for its next tablet, it does little for the Xoom. The iPad continues to rule the tablet sector, whereas the Xoom left a hardly a trace despite its coveted place as the first Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) device to hit the market. The Xoom worked so badly that in the U.S., Moto’s carrier partner re-named the sequel tablet Xyboard — which did not help with sales at all. Motorola also sought to invalidate iPad’s design patent, but the German court in Duesseldorf dismissed the case.
Apple’s initial case was part of an attempt to get the Xoom stopped across Europe. It had hoped to get a punishing enough penalty slapped on Motorola to push it to the negotiating table, where the two would strike out a certification agreement. The Dusseldorf court is also examining another tablet case between Apple and Samsung.
Because both claims were dismissed, the German court ordered Apple to pay two-thirds of the cost of the case, with Motorola paying the balance. Because both lawsuits were dismissed, the German court instructed Apple to pay two-thirds of the expense of the case, with Motorola paying the balance.