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Apple Resumes Sales Of Old iPhone In Germany

An injunction issued by a German court hearing the ongoing patent dispute opposing Motorola Mobility and Apple has been suspended on Friday allowing Apple to resume the sale of its iPhone 4 and 3GS smartphones.

As revealed by Florian Mueller, the editor of FOSS patent blog, the temporary suspension of iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 sales was caused by an ongoing legal dispute between the two parties.

Apple was seeking to use one of Motorola's patented technologies; in exchange, Motorola was demanding 2.25 percent of the iPhone sales (including and up to the fourth generation iPhone model) worth more than $2 billion.

"If Motorola was trying to squeeze more out of Apple than its competitors, it could be in trouble." Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune noted in his report.

Indeed, Apple has already filed a number of motions to find out how much Motorola charges its competitors for the same patent.

And to make the matter even more interesting, Motorola is owned by Google, which in turn owns the Android platform, used by many of the parties cited in the discovery motion like HTC and LG.