A GERMAN COURT has ruled that the Motorola Xoom doesn't infringe Apple's Ipad patents, which will see the tablet remain on shelves across Europe.
Apple sued Motorola for allegedly infringing three Ipad design patents with its Xoom tablet in a bid to get the device removed from shelves across Europe. However Apple lost in court against the Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, because with its quirky angular edges and black plastic back panel the Motorola Xoom looks nothing like the Apple Ipad.
Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said "the court considered the evenly bent back and shaped edges on the front of the Xoom tablet sufficient to give the product individual character", NASDAQ reports.
Although the German court ruled that the Motorola Xoom doesn't infringe Apple's Ipad design, it also rejected a counterclaim filed by Motorola alleging that the Ipad's design patent is invalid.
Given that the court threw out the claims of both companies, the judge ruled that Apple must pay two-thirds of the court costs, with Motorola to pay one-third.
Apple isn't used to losing patent complaints in German courts, as it successfully got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in the country. µ
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