Court rules Motorola can’t sell devices in Germany
A German Court has ordered Motorola to stop the sale of their phones in the country. Why? Well, lo and behold, we have another patent issue. It seems that this time around, the company has infringed an antenna design patent.
The patent called the Laser Direct Structuring patent is held by a German laser engineering firm, LPKF. It has regards to the process utilized by smartphone makers in laying down designs of antennas on a curved plastic surface. Motorola have been using this process in most of their devices including the Moto G and Moto X.
LPKF states that their patent on laser direct structuring was declared invalid in China in 2013. However, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court has agreed to reopen the patent case for the firm. While that is in the works, “LPKF is systematically taking action against cell phone manufacturers that bring counterfeit LDS components into circulation outside China.”
The Mannheim Regional Court ruling against Motorola Mobility USA and Motorola Deutschland comes right after the maker of Moto X expanded to Germany. This expansion occurred just last weekend so the preliminary decision by the court has impacted the company in a huge negative way. And if this wasn’t a hard enough blow, the court has also ordered the company to recall all the phones in the market that infringe the patent.
Source: Android Central