Google faces Motorola phone patent ban

Handsets could be recalled and removed from sale in Germany

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Google faces Motorola phone patent ban (For illustration purposes only) German laser specialist now has the right to block Motorola handsets from sale.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  July 10, 2014

Motorola faces the prospect of being forced to remove its handsets from sale in Germany and to recall phones already bought by business customers, reported the BBC.

A court in Germany has ruled that the antennas used by Google-owned Motorola, infringe a patent owned by LPKF, a German laser specialist meaning that LPKF now has the right to block the products from sale.

According to the BBC, the company had not yet decided how they were going to proceed.

"If LPKF wants to enforce the action it faces economic risk," said Florian Mueller, who has previously advised Microsoft and Oracle.

"If it makes Motorola pull and recall products today, LPKF could later be liable for wrongful enforcement damages in a year or so if Motorola appeals and ultimately prevails."

Google is in the process of selling the Motorola business to the Chinese tech firm Lenovo, but the deal has yet to be completed.

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