Motorola has withdrawn a handful of its Android-based smartphones from sale in Germany, where it's embroiled in a number of high-profile patent cases.
The Google-owned mobile phone maker has insisted that the lack of handsets is part of a planned revamp.
“As we have previously stated Motorola Mobility is focusing on fewer mobile devices. As a result we have phased out some of our lower tier devices in Europe/Germany,” a company representative said.
The move will nonetheless come as an embarrassment to Google, which paid $12.5bn to buy the company, partly because of its patent trove.
Google has been hell bent on bolstering its patent portfolio in the wake of Apple's legal attack on its Android mobile operating system.
Motorola has also been attacked on another flank, with Microsoft also engaging it in patent disputes. The Redmond giant has already scored some significant courtroom victories, notably in Germany.
But the stakes are high for both firms. Earlier this year, Microsoft moved its European distribution operations from Germany, because of the havoc a sales ban imposed there would have caused.
Both Apple and Microsoft have urged the European Commission to investigate Motorola over potential abuse of the licensing for industry standard patents as the worldwide industry patent battle refuses to disappear.
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