Motorola wins Apple wireless patent fight in Germany

12th December 2011

A German court has ruled in Motorola Mobility’s favour in a patents dispute with Apple.

The Android smartphone maker had complained that Apple failed to license one of its wireless intellectual properties.

Apple uses the technology in its iPhones and 3G iPads.

Motorola could now try to force Apple to remove the feature from its devices or halt sales in Germany. However, Apple said it intended to appeal.

Motorola said the ruling validated its “efforts to enforce its patents against Apple’s infringement”.

Apple responded: “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.”

If Motorola does decide to pursue an injunction blocking sales of Apple’s products the case could result in a clash between the iPad maker and Google – Motorola’s shareholders have approved the search giant’s takeover of their company and the deal is due to be completed in 2012.