MOBILE PHONE MAKER Motorola has confirmed that Apple is suing it for design patent infringement in Germany.
Yesterday, The INQUIRER wrote that the maker of shiny toys, Apple is suing Motorola in Europe over the Motorola Xoom tablet design. The news came after it emerged that Samsung has been forced to remove its Samsung Galaxy 10.1 from the shelves due to its similarities to Apple's Ipad.
When it filed for this injunction, Apple also revealed it had filed a complaint with the same court over the design of the Motorola Xoom tablet.
Motorola said that Apple's complaint for design patent infringement was filed on May 27, 2011. This was a response to Motorola's own patent infringement complaints against Apple filed in Germany in April 2011, Motorola noted.
While it's not stated explicitly, it is likely that the complaint against Motorola also asks the court for a temporary EU-wide injunction.
Motorola told The INQUIRER, "After Motorola filed patent infringement complaints against Apple in Germany in April 2011, Apple responded by filing its own patent infringement actions against Motorola in Germany including design patent infringement claims."
It added, "Apple's complaint for design patent infringement was filed on May 27, 2011, over two months ago. Motorola has reviewed Apple's claims and believe they have no merit. We intend to vigorously defend Motorola's own product designs." µ
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