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Motorola XOOM doesn't violate Apple's design patents says German court

News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday July 17, 2012.

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A German court has ruled that the Motorola XOOM tablet does not infringe upon Apple's design patents for the iPad. Apple had sued Motorola for allegedly infringing three of its design patents and was looking for a sales ban on the XOOM across Europe.

Motorola filed a counterclaim against Apple, stating that its design patents were invalid. The courts did not agree with Motorola on this point and only ruled that the XOOM itself does not infringe upon the patents.

Motorola and Apple were forced to split the court fees, with Motorola paying for a third and Apple paying for two-thirds since neither company won its argument entirely.

Apple also has a lawsuit against Samsung alleging that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet infringes upon its iPad design patents. Apple has had more success with efforts to ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1, as it has been pulled from shelves in both Germany and the U.S.

source: Dow Jones Newswires

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