Microsoft and Apple court victories force Motorola to pull out of German phone and tablet market

Microsoft and Apple court victories force Motorola to pull out of German phone and tablet market
Motorola Mobility, a wholly owned subsidiary of Google, has stopped selling Android flavored phones and tablets in Germany. This is the result of two court decisions against Motorola Mobility and in favor of Apple and Microsoft that led to injunctions that Motorola could not get reversed. 

On Wednesday, Motorola Mobility's German website showed just the 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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