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Motorola Mobility Loses Patent Case Against Apple in Germany

February 13, 2012

(Updates with Motorola Mobility comment in fourth paragraph.)

Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., which has won two rulings against Apple Inc. in Germany, failed to win a third in a patent case involving the use of mathematical sequences in mobile telecommunications.

The Regional Court in Mannheim rejected the suit today. Motorola Mobility didn’t show that Apple is violating the patent, Presiding Judge Andreas Voss said when delivering the ruling.

The decision ends a winning streak by Motorola Mobility, which has twice prevailed over Apple in the same court. More cases between the two are pending in German courts, including a bid by Motorola Mobility to enforce its first win from December, which forced Apple to briefly remove some older iPhones and iPad models from its online store in Germany last week.

“While we can’t comment on specific details, we will continue to protect our intellectual property,” Jennifer Weyrauch-Erickson, a spokeswoman for Motorola Mobility, said in an e-mailed statement.

Apple spokesman Alan Hely declined to comment.

Google Inc. is buying Libertyville, Illinois-based Motorola Mobility to gain mobile patents and expand its hardware business. Google’s Android operating system is used by smartphones from HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. that compete with Apple’s iPhone.

Today’s case is LG Mannheim, 7 O 230/11.

--Editors: Heather Smith, Christopher Scinta

To contact the reporter on this story: Karin Matussek in Berlin at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at

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