US PHONE MAKER Motorola has been granted a preliminary injunction against Apple in Germany.
Patent gadfly Florian Mueller posted a document outlining the default judgment against Apple after Motorola's claims that the fruit themed gadget firm infringes two mobile device patents. It is thought the patents cover the Iphone, Ipad and Ipod Touch.
Apparently, Motorola can immediately take action to stop the sale of infringing products. However, the ruling might not block the sale of Apple products in the country as Apple resellers might get products from other countries as a workaround.
This case is part of Motorola's and Apple's legal battles around the world. In August Motorola confirmed that Apple was suing it for design patent infringement in Germany.
Meanwhile, in September Apple filed a motion to stay a lawsuit launched against it by Motorola Mobility in the Southern District of Florida, claiming that Google's acquisition of the company means Motorola has forfeited its right to sue.
Apple and Samsung and also suing each other left, right and centre, and both are now being investigated by the European Commission over alleged FRAND patent abuse. µ