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Apple Faces Possible Ban on iPhone and iPad Sales in Germany

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Motorola Mobility has won a court order in Germany that found Apple has breached one of its patents, and the company could now seek a ban on sales of Apple iPads and iPhones in the country.

Motorola Mobility -- which is currently subject to a takeover bid from Google -- said the ruling validated its "efforts to enforce its patents against Apple's infringement".

The patent in question covers a "method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system".

Motorola Mobility licenses the patent under an agreement known as FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) as it is considered essential to a GPRS based wireless device.

Although Motorola was willing to license the patent going forward under the rules, it was seeking higher damages for past infringements. Apple contested this, and also wanted a right to try and have the patent overturned.

Apple lost the argument and said that it will file an immediate appeal, as well as seeking a temporary injunction so that it can continue selling its products pending the appeal.

On the web: Foss Patents - BBC News

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