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Apple iPad, iPhone May Be Banned In Europe: Motorola Wins Patent Battle

Apple’s has lost another major patent battle in Europe, this time against Motorola Mobility. The court in Manheim, Germany has ruled that Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) European sales company is infringing one of Motorola Mobility’s core cellular communications patents related to data packet transfer technology (GPRS) through its sales of the iPhone and iPad devices.

The Court has granted Motorola Mobility’s requests for an injunction and damages. Apple may taste its own bitter pill – a policy it has adopted to exhaust competitor’s resources by suing them over stupid patents. Apple recently lost a battle in Australia and USA against Samsung.

The Court has granted Motorola Mobility’s requests for an injunction and damages.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling. Today’s decision validates Motorola Mobility’s efforts to enforce its patents against Apple’s infringement,” said Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility.

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Unlike Apple’s stupid software and design patents, this patent is related to hardware and makes the ‘core’ of wireless devices. As Linus Torvalds told us recently that software and process patents make no sense in software industry, it’s time for Apple to compete on the grounds of better products and not lawsuits.

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Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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