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September 17, 2012

Motorola loses Apple patent lawsuit

Victory could lead to ban of Motorola's Android tablets and smartphones in Germany

By CBR Staff Writer

Google’s Motorola has lost a patent lawsuit against Apple in Germany which could lead to German ban of its android powered tablets and smartphones.

The Munich I Regional Court’s Judge Peter Guntz ruled that Motorola has infringed Apple’s "bounce-back list" patent, which will allow users to move documents over the screen and allow bouncing back to the centre following the release of their fingers.

Google had confronted the legality of the patent which which allows users to develop a list react as if it was on a rubberband when a user scrolls further than its end and has also filed a separate lawsuit against the intellectual assets with the European Patent Office.

Earlier, Apple also won two other injunctions before their win at Munich, which include the "slide-to-unlock" patent and the other for the photo gallery flipping patent.

On the whole, Motorola has sued against infringing three Apple patents and two Microsoft patents in Germany.

An Apple-Samsung patent trial is also scheduled to commence in Germany on 07 December 2012.

Earlier Apple has also won $1.051bn in a patent lawsuit against Samsung in the US.

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