Motorola wins against Apple

Apple banned from selling several mobile devices in Germany

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Motorola wins against Apple Motorola has won a preliminary injunction in a German court to prevent Apple from selling its mobile devices in the country.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 8, 2011

Motorola has won a preliminary injunction against Apple in a patent infringement case in a German court, according to Reuters.

The court has banned Apple from selling certain mobile devices in the country that infringe on Motorola's mobile patents.

However, the ruling should not impact Apple's sales in Germany as the company sells its entire product line there through a local subsidiary, which was not covered by the injunction.

If Apple does sell the devices, it has to pay a fine, according to the court.

"This is a procedural issue and has nothing to do with the merits of the case," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told Reuters. "It does not affect our ability to sell products or do business in Germany at this time."

Apple is currently embroiled in patent infringement cases with Samsung in several countries across the globe.

Motorola Mobility is in the process of being acquired by internet search giant Google, the creator of the Android operating system, a major player in the mobile phone and tablet market.

"Motorola Mobility's patented technologies are increasingly important for innovation within the wireless and communications industries," Motorola said in a statement in response to the German ruling.

"We will continue to assert ourselves in the protection of these assets, while also ensuring that our technologies are widely available to end-users. We hope that we are able to resolve this matter, so we can focus on creating great innovations that benefit the industry."

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