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Motorola Blocked From Selling Phones in Germany Over Antenna Patent

by Jacob Kleinman | July 9, 2014July 9, 2014 1:50 pm EST

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Motorola is one of the oldest phone-makers around, but it looks like even the company’s long history in consumer electronics isn’t enough to protect it from accusations of patent infringement. A German court just ruled against Motorola in a case raised by LPKF Laser & Electronics AG, potentially blocking the company from selling mobile phones in the country, BBC reports

The trial focused on the antennas used in Motorola’s phones, which are covered in a patent owned by LPFK. The German laser company can now decide whether it wants to enforce the court’s decision. Forcing Motorola to pull its products from Germany could actually backfire if the phone-maker can appeal the decision and prove wrongful damages later on.

The ruling could also potentially be an issue for Google, which is still in the process of selling of the company to Chinese tech giant Lenovo. A Google spokesman told BBC that the decision shouldn’t slow down Motorola’s global business, though who knows how this could end up affecting the deal. In the short term though, it’ll likely to make it a lot harder for people in Germany to get their hands on the latest Moto smartphones.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...