Updated (12:17 p.m.): The ban was lifted at the end of the day (German time) on Friday. See? We told you everything was going to be fine.
Original Post: Two new patent-related lawsuits in Germany threaten blocked the sale of all available iPhone models except for the new 4S. Don't freak out, fanboys. Everything is going to be okay.
This latest patent disput is just like all of the others. A Friday court ruling in Mannheim "granted Motorola a permanent injunction on Apple products that use its iCloud technology, specifically around push email services, and is based not on a recent patent but one that Motorola holds around paging devices (one of the company’s earliest wireless products)," PaidContent's Ingrid Lunden explains. This is the second iCloud-related sentence of sorts that Apple's been slapped with. In December, iPads and iPhones were pulled from the online Apple Store (though not from physical shelves) for another patent infringement-related ruling in that country. Apple's obviously appealing these cases, because as one of the world's largest (and richest) economies, Germany is a great place for Apple to make a lot of money -- they already have a lot of money but that's another blog post -- to be made off of iPhones and iPads in Germany. "Apple believes this old pager patent is invalid and we’re appealing the courts decision," the company said of the latest ruling. Last month, Apple explained to its customers, "Apple is appealing this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago."