Apple iPhone and iPad ban imminent?

Prelimenary hearing rules in favour of Motorola patent

Just days after losing a battle for the name iPad in China it looks as though Apple could finally see a ban of it's products coming over the horizon

A German court has ruled in favour of patents held by Motorola Mobility and has declared that Ireland-based Apple Sales International (European subsidiary of Apple) is infringing those patents through products such as the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S.

What this means is that if the ruling is upheld and Apple is unable to settle outside of court, a ban of all Apple products which utilise GPRS (This includes 3G, GPRS etc) could be put in place.

Senior Vice President of Motorola Mobility Scott Offer released a short statement about the outcome saying "We are pleased with the court’s ruling. Today’s decision validates Motorola Mobility’s efforts to enforce its patents against Apple’s infringement,"

However he goes on to affirm that while this is a victory for Motorola Mobility the company will not give up in getting what it believes to be a successful outcome.

"We will continue to take all necessary steps to protect our intellectual property, as the Company’s patent portfolio and licencing agreements with companies both in the U.S. and around the world are critical to our business."

This decision comes just a few days after a ruling in China declared Apple had lost it's claim to the name iPad with another company already having ownership over the name.

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