A German court has dismissed an Apple lawsuit seeking a sales ban on the Motorola Xoom.
Apple had been seeking an injunction on the Xoom over claims that the device infringed on three iPad design patents. The Düsseldorf Court also rejected Motorola Mobility's request to claim the community design rights for the iPad invalid. Apple and Motorola have been fighting copyright cases in court since late last year.
"We are pleased with today's favourable outcome for Motorola Mobility," a Motorola Mobility representative told V3.
According to a report from Fox Business, the German judge ruled that the Xoom doesn't resemble the iPad enough to claim infringement on any Apple design patents. He judged that the Xoom's sharp edges and straight backside made its design unique.
He also rejected Motorola Mobility's request to invalidate the iPad's community design rights which are meant to protect a products design from being infringed upon. That ruling allows Apple to launch action in future against any tablets it thinks have infringed its patents.
As part of the ruling, Apple will have to pay two-thirds of the case's cost. Motorola Mobility will pick-up the remaining third of the court's tab.
Apple has been on a global mission to ban competitors' goods that it deems are infringing on its patents.
In the US Apple has successfully banned sales on the Galaxy Nexus claiming the Samsung device infringed on the iPhone. While in Germany a court recently upheld Apple's sales injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The Xoom, which was released in April of last year, has had difficulty gaining traction in the tablet market. It only sold 440,000 units in the second quarter of 2011. In comparison, the iPad sold roughly 9.25 million units that same quarter.
Apple was unavailable for comment at the time of publishing
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