A German court has ruled that Motorola infringed upon an Apple interface patent.
The ruling paves the way for a German ban on Motorola tablets and smartphones. Judge Peter Guntz decision adds to Apple's growing global portfolio of patent case victories.
In the case, Apple claimed that Motorola infringed on its EP2126678 German patent. Apple's patent involved the use of "over-scroll bounce" technology that lets users bounce back to the middle of a webpage when they've reached the bottom by pushing down on the screen.
According to Reuters, Apple's legal victory doesn't guarantee the final outcome for a ban on Motorola products. A German court spokesperson told the news wire that Motorola still has the opportunity to appeal and Apple still needs to formally pay the €25m bond before an injunction can go into effect.
The "over-scroll bounce" patent ruling wasn't the first time Apple brought Motorola to a German court this year. A German judge dismissed an Apple request to ban sales of the Motorola XOOM over design patent infringement in July.
Apple has been riding a wave of legal victories recently. The company claimed a US patent victory against Samsung last month.
A California jury handed the legal victory to Apple claiming Samsung used patented iPhone technology in its smartphones. Apple was awarded $1bn in damages for the legal victory.
Motorola has had an eventful 2012. The company's mobile division was recently bought by Google for $12.5bn. Google's buyout payment saw the company paying $5.5bn for Motorola patents alone.
Following the purchase Google also cut 4,000 Motorola Mobility jobs from the payroll.
Both Apple and Motorola were unavailable for comment at the time of this publication.
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