German iOS Users Get Their Push E-Mail Back

Oct 2 2013, 12:28pm CDT | by , in News | Apple

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German iOS Users Get Their Push E-Mail Back

Apple hasn't beat the suit yet

About a year and a half ago Motorola sued Apple in German courts and won an injunction against Apple's push e-mail technology. Push e-mail technology allowed Apple to push from mail servers to a user's iPhone or iPad making the e-mail appear almost instantly. Back in 2012, a German court found that the technology behind Apple's push e-mail system infringed on a patent held by Motorola.

The court granted an injunction and Motorola chose to use that injunction to block Apple from using push e-mail for its customers. Apple appealed the decision, but the next court upheld the original decision. Apple has now reportedly put up a $135 million bond and has been cleared to begin using push e-mail services again.

During the outage for push e-mail service that last year and a half, iPhone and iPad users in Germany were left only being able to access e-mail using pull services that requested e-mail from the server on schedule. Apple isn't out of the woods yet and may ultimately end up having to license the technology from Motorola.

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