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German court dismisses Apple design claim against Motorola Xoom


A German court has ruled that Motorola's Xoom tablet does not infringe on Apple's patents, says an Associated Press report. In its case, Apple argued that the design of the Motorola Xoom too closely resembled the Apple iPad. A judge did not agree with Apple and ruled against this claim.

It was a no-win situation for both companies as the judge also dismissed a counter-suit by Motorola. In its suit, Motorola claimed that Apple's design patent for the iPad is invalid. In the end, Apple shouldn't be overly disappointed. It can't ban the Xoom, but its design patent remains intact.

As it stands, the two companies will share in the court costs as neither party was victorious. Both companies have 30 days to appeal these rulings.

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