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Apple, Motorola at loggerheads in Germany

Two companies battling it out over mobile technology patents

Apple, Motorola at loggerheads in Germany
Apple has successfully blocked Motorola's attempt to get several of its iPads and iPhones withdrawn from sale in Germany.

Apple has blocked Motorola's attempt to have it withdraw several iPhone and iPad models from its online store in Germany, in an ongoing patent battle between the two companies, according to the Press Association.

Motorola Mobility Holdings enforced a ruling it won against Apple Sales International, from a court in Mannheim, Germany, briefly halting sales of the devices.

The court had ruled that Apple should not be using Motorola's mobile technology in the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3Gs and the iPhone4 and UMTS-capable iPads, without a licence.

The ruling did not cover the new iPhone 4S.

Motorola moved to enforce the decision and Apple announced last week that it was stopping online sales, but a few hours later said that it had won a suspension from an appeals court in Karlsruhe.

"All iPad and iPhone models will be back on sale through Apple's online store in Germany shortly," Apple told the Press Association in a statement. "Apple appealed 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."

Motorola is also fighting with Apple over what it says is improper use of its push email technology that sends email to smartphones.

The Mannheim court ruled in Motorola's favour last week, but Apple said it would appeal and that people using its phones would keep getting their email.

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