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Apple bid to ban Motorola Xoom rubbished by German court

Motorola secured a patent victory over Apple this week in Germany regarding its Xoom tablet.

As reported by the AP, the Düsseldorf court dismissed Apple's request for a ban on the Motorola Xoom in Germany. But the court also declined to rule that Apple's community design rights for the iPad were invalid.

Last year it was revealed that Apple filed a suit over the Motorola Xoom in Germany around the same time it went after Samsung on similar grounds. That came shortly after the Regional Court of Dusseldorf blocked the sale and import of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 from the European Union, save for the Netherlands, based on Apple's suit.

In a statement, Motorola said it was "pleased with today's favourable outcome for Motorola Mobility."

Apple and the now Google-owned Motorola have been fighting over patents in multiple courts around the globe for months.

More recently, the full International Trade Commission (ITC) last month agreed to review a preliminary ITC ruling that found Apple guilty of infringing on a 3G patent held by Motorola.

Around the same time, however, a Chicago judge formally dismissed a patent case between Apple and Motorola.

In June, there were reports that the US Federal Trade Commission was investigating Google over patent abuse charges against Motorola Mobility. Earlier this year, the European Commission opened a patent abuse investigation into Motorola, after fielding complaints from Microsoft and Apple.