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Apple Loses Patent Suit Against Motorola in Germany

Motorola and Apple were battling a legal war against each other in German court. However, the court has granted Motorola Mobility an injunction, outlawing the import of iPhone and 3G-capable iPads into the Germany.

Over the recent few months, this is the second major win by Motorola in the German court. For Apple, however, this is a major setback as it has to stop the shipping of some of its most popular products into Germany unless it wins an appeal against the decision.

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A Mannheim Regional Court recently granted Motorola Mobility an injunction, restricting Apple to import some of its best products including iPhone and iPad into Germany. The patent infringement complaint is basically related to a European Patent regarding mobile-originated wireless packet transfers (data), reports FossPatents.


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The ruling of the court not only bans iPhone and iPad shipment into the country, but also directed Apple to pay (yet-to-be determined) amount to Motorola in terms of legal costs. It is said that the amount will be determined by the German-based sales of Apple’s infringing products from previous years.

Apple’s immediate reaction about the ruling was:

“We’re going to appeal the court’s ruling right away. Holiday shoppers in Germany should have no problem finding the iPad or iPhone they want.”

It is important to note here that if Apple fails to win the appeal against the injunction, it can still be able to sell its current inventor in Germany, but won’t be able to import its products into the country in future. A common speculation is Apple has already got a plenty in its current inventory.

When it comes to patent war, Apple is not a new name. Apple and Samsung are already standing against each other in many courtrooms all over the world. This time it is Motorola that wins the patent lawsuit against Apple and it will certainly a great win to support its future patent lawsuit against Cupertino-based Company.

Another worth mentioning fact is Google’s intentions to acquire Motorola Mobility for about $12 billion to leverage its patent rights.

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