Microsoft and Apple court victories force Motorola to pull out of German phone and tablet market
posted by Alan F. / Oct 10, 2012, 3:00 AM
Motorola Gleam which uses a proprietary OS, and two upcoming Android phones, the Motorola RAZR and Motorola RAZR HD. Those who want to buy the Android modes can register to buy them later. The tablets page is blank with no product for sale. Motorola Mobility devices are still offered by retailers although inventory can dry up if the company decides to end wholesale shipments.
Last month, a court in Munich said that Motorola Mobility must pull every Android smartphone and tablet that it sells in Germany after losing a patent infringement case to Apple. The manufacturer is said to be reworking the software in their devices to put them back on the shelves, but there is no idea when that will happen. Motorola Mobility has lost three court cases to Microsoft in Germany and the latter wants to get paid for illegal use of of its patents. But in this crazy world of patents and courtrooms, Motorola Mobility is battling Microsoft in the Germany and U.S. courts, claiming that Microsoft infringed on its patent relating to the H.264 video playback standard. The Google subsidiary also surprised everyone by recently dropping a patent claim against Apple in the U.S. ITC.
Motorola Mobility has said that it is switching its corporate strategy. While Android models have been popular in the country, the manufacturer is making it seem as though it would have pulled out of Germany anyway to follow CEO Dennis Woodside's new game plan to sell more high-end models in fewer locations.
source: TheGuardian via AllThingsD
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posted on Oct 10, 2012, 3:14 AM 0
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Thank you german courts for driving out motorola over stupid patents and thereby cutting down the jobs in your already depression stricken economy.
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 3:38 AM 12
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great....Apple + Microsoft = pure evil DO NOT GIVE THEM A PENNY!!!! I dont! I will never give!
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 4:13 AM 7
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since this is a software problem Motorola's programmers will remove or replace the software cause of the patent fights and also make legal efforts to pay Apple and Microsoft royalty fees to use their Patents. Microsoft probably is the easier of the 2 to make an agreement with. Motorola will come back stronger in 6 months with good smart phones that will induce people to buy them
posted on Oct 10, 2012, 5:21 AM 2
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