Court orders Motorola to stop selling the Moto X in Germany

Court orders Motorola to stop selling the Moto X in Germany
Just last week, Motorola began selling the customized Moto X in Germany. This was a big deal, because it marked the first country outside of the U.S. that had gotten access to the Moto Maker store. Unfortunately, it looks as though that may need to be shut down, because a court order is telling Motorola to stop selling devices in Germany.

The issue concerns an antenna design patent held by German laser engineering firm LPKF. The patent relates to the process of placing the antenna onto a curved plastic design, which is a process that is fairly common in the mobile world. A preliminary ruling by the Mannheim Regional Court states that both Motorola Deutschland and Motorola Mobility USA are infringing on the patent, and says that sales must stop for a number of Motorola devices, including the Moto G and Moto X, and even recall some infringing devices. However, Motorola has confirmed that it "has taken steps to avoid any interruption in supply."

Motorola is almost definitely mounting an appeal, and may have a case. LPKF has already had the same patent declared invalid in China, although that case is set to be reopened. As of now, the ruling would not effect the upcoming Moto X+1, but LPKF would likely file to add the device to the suit, if it is using the same technique. 

source: LPKF via Reuters

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19 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Unlucky German peoples. Moto offers nice product with great specs/performance, decent price tag and timely updates.

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"The patent relates to the process of placing the antenna onto a curved plastic design" Sometimes patent sounds too stupid. True patent is needed to protect innovations but patents relating to simple basic design and color looks pointless. Its actually effecting customers negatively.

12. engineer-1701d unregistered

see this is the problem i speak of all the time, this is a frand patent if your phone is curved and made of plastic what the hell else are you gonna do its not an inventions its a placement patent. there just up on a high horse from beating brazil in world cup

18. troutsy

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

and the price of tea in China is way up too, so they need to recoup that.

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Annoying patent trolls these days...

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Motorola getting sued for antenna design, patent? I want to say hogwash...but this will be interesting. I cant see Motorola or Nokia ever getting sued for anything related to phone tech. When I say phone I mean making n receiving calls.

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Ah, the Germans! Thrashing teams out of the world cup and smartphones out of their country.

14. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Boy did they! That was the biggest beat down I've ever witnessed

6. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

It's so wierd how Google bought Motorola for patents, and yet Motorola keeps getting slammed for patent infringement. I only heard about the various ones from Microsoft and now this one, but maybe it's easier to roll the dice with building products, than the time, effort and due dilligence into making sure your technology is licenced or otherwise not infringing?

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Most of the patents Motorola have are FRAND patents, which means they were made an industry standard. It also means they can't be used in litigation, which puts people with non-FRAND patents at an advantage. FRAND patents are considered an industry standard and essential for a device to work. It's also supposed to guarantee the patent holder payment, but they must license them at the same price they do to other licensees. When negotiating a cross licensing agreement with someone who has non-FRAND patents, they must license their FRAND patents for the same amount as they do to others. While the other party (non-FRAND) can ask whatever they want, even adding the cost of the FRAND license fees on top and essentially getting them for free. With the way patent litigation is currently going, you'd have to be a moron to have your patents put under FRAND terms. There are many cases where people are using FRAND patents without paying, or while they're negotiating terms, and if they don't pay, the FRAND patent holder can't sue, they can only rely on the USPTO & FTC to protect their rights.

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Everyone is following the fruit typical.

8. CrysisRequiem

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

Must have been Brazil fans

9. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Dumb patent is dumb.

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Another opportunity for WP in that region...

16. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

It's like the people who grant these patents never went to common knowledge school.

17. jack123

Posts: 274; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Is there a patent that you hold your phone with your own hands?

19. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Michael H. When you affect something, that is an effect.

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