Apple has received a temporary reprieve over court action in Germany, which could have forced it to pull several models of its 3G-enabled iPhone and iPad.
The company had earlier been forced to remove the models from its online store in Germany after rival Motorola Mobility successfully enforced one of its patent injunctions.
The move came following a December ruling in German courts that Apple had failed to license technology from Motorola for which it held patents.
Apple has since won a repreive from a German appeal court, which granted a temporary suspension of the injunction, in light of a renewed licensing offer from the company.
Apple had been asked for comment, but had not responded at the time of writing.
Apple suffered a separate second patent defeat at the hands of Motorola Mobility, with another German judge granting an injunction against Apple's iCloud push email service.
“It appears to me that Apple can keep the iCloud (and MobileMe) going for the most part, but if and when Motorola enforces today's decision, it will have to deactivate the push email service,” wrote Florian Muller on his Foss patent blog.
The two defeats will hand a boost to Apple's rivals, notably Google, which is in the process of buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn – ostensibly to help it defend itself against patent cases being brought against its Android system.
The decision marks the end of a frenetic week of activity for Apple in German patent courts. The Cupertino-based firm also failed in its attempts to get the redesigned Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N banned from sale in the country.
Apple has also ramped up its action against Samsung in Australia. The firm has expanded its complaints to 278 claims, reports The Australian. Those claims cover 72 patents and 10 products, including as-yet-unreleased smartphones and tablets.
This story was updated to account for Apple's succesful appeal.
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