Motorola wins German patent case ruling vs Apple
Motorola Mobility won a preliminary injunction against Apple Inc in Germany, which could bar the sales of iPhones and iPads in the country.
A regional German court in Mannheim ruled on Friday that Apple Sales International -- European sales subsidiary of Apple in Cork, Ireland -- must stop selling or distributing mobile devices that infringe certain Motorola patents.
The ruling, which relates to cellular communications patents, could bar the sales of all Apple products that use the patents such as iPhone 4 and iPad 3G, Germany-based patent expert Florian Mueller said.
"The ruling targets Apple's European sales organization but relates only to that entity's sale to German customers," Mueller added.
Motorola Mobility said it has been negotiating with Apple and offering the company "reasonable licensing terms and conditions since 2007."