Motorola wins injunction banning German iPhone imports

Apple says customers will not be affected and will appeal decision
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Motorola Mobility has won an injunction against Apple in Germany over the import of new iPhones and 3G-capable iPads using an unlicensed wireless intellectual property.

The case concerns copyright infringement by Apple over a Motorola patent “method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system”.

It is not known whether Motorola will enforce the ban, with the possibility of the decision being overturned at a later date on appeal.

The ruling was made on Friday after the US company failed to attend the case.

Motorola said after the case: “We will continue to take all necessary steps to protect our intellectual property, as the company's patent portfolio and licensing agreements with companies both in the U.S. and around the world are critical to our business.

“We have been negotiating with Apple and offering them reasonable licensing terms and conditions since 2007, and will continue our efforts to resolve our global patent dispute as soon as practicable.”

In response to the ruling, an Apple spokesperson told All Things Digital: “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.”