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Apple loses patent war against Motorola Mobility, German court bans import of iPhone, iPad

The court has banned the import of iPhones and 3G-enabled iPad in Germany. The Germany court has also ruled that Motorola is entitled to a damaged award.

BT Online Bureau | December 12, 2011 | Updated 08:02 IST

Apple, the famed iPhone and iPad maker, got another setback in its global patent war when a German court on Friday ruled in the favour of Motorola Mobility, saying the iPad and iPhone infringe Motorola patent.

The court, in the copyright infringement battle, has also banned the import of iPhones and 3G-enabled iPad in Germany. The court has ruled that Motorola is entitled to a damaged award.

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The dispute, one of Apple's several patent lawsuits around the world, is over a Motorola patent essential to GPRS.

"Motorola has been negotiating with Apple over licensing terms and conditions since 2007, and it will continue its efforts to resolve its global patent dispute as soon as practicable," said Motorola Mobility in a statement Friday.

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"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," an Apple spokesman told tech news site AllThingsD.

The ruling is against Apple's European sales company and only impacts its products sold in Germany.

In August, Apple also filed a suit in Germany over the design of Motorola's tablet Xoom, which runs Google's Android system. But Apple did not make it clear whether it will seek to block the sales of Xoom in Europe.

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Also on Friday, Samsung won an appeal from the Australian High Court, overturning a previous Apple victory that effectively banned Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab in Australia.

Based on claims of infringing Apple's patents, the California-based tech giant has been seeking court order to block Samsung's Galaxy line of mobile devices around the world.

A German court issued an injunction in August, blocking Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets across all European Union members, except for the Netherlands.

On Thursday, Apple said it will appeal a California judge's refusal to ban sales of Samsung 4G smartphones and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets in the US.

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