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



1. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

So bad, Motorola with Boot-to-Gecko in Germany :P

2. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011


16. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I am sure it is not because of patent lost. Motorola was not doing well when Google purchased it. I think this part of Google's resurrecting plan.

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Germany seems to be one of the only countries in europe to have a legal system as baffling stupid as the US in support of apple.

4. MeoCao unregistered

Well done Moto, never give in to those patent trolls. Moto will return to Germany with devices with new SS file system and JB which will leave MS and Apple in the dust.

5. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Thank you german courts for driving out motorola over stupid patents and thereby cutting down the jobs in your already depression stricken economy.

7. trendsbze

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Just commenting on the "depression stricken economy" part of your statement. All the world's economy should be like Germany right now.

17. JeffdaBeat unregistered

The patent office shouldn't give out stupid patents?

6. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i rly dont understand what moto is doing in europe..... moto is dead in europe 8 years ago

8. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Germany's loss

9. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

great....Apple + Microsoft = pure evil DO NOT GIVE THEM A PENNY!!!! I dont! I will never give!

11. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Aye for that no pennies for these Nwo creeps ....opensource all the way

15. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I wonder what OS you use in your PC.

18. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011


10. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Germany ...what R U DOING...Germany....Stahp

12. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

This is pretty incredible news.

13. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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

14. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I'd hope Google shut down every Apple's search and maps of everything about Apple.

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I used Google to search Motorola sales in Germany and got nothing.... so Moto will do nothing to fix this as they dont sell in Germany anyways

20. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

what a bunch of patent trolls, Apple was the apprentice when Microsoft was the Bully now the apprentice is better than the Master... at bullying other companies.

21. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Sorry Moto. I used to like you very much before you bonded with Giggle. Now you'e nothing, but a milking cow and just another copycat manufacturer, using the controversial Handroid.

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