After Samsung win, Apple targets Motorola Xoom in German court

Apple logoCourt documents from Apple's recent preliminary injunction win against Samsung in Europe reveal that the company has also filed a claim against the Motorola Xoom. Like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Apple claims the Xoom tablet infringes on its registered EU Community Design for the iPad, though it's not clear if Apple has yet requested a similar preliminary injunction against Motorola.

According to the complaint filed against Samsung with the Landgericht Düsseldorf, Apple has also filed complaints in the same court against both Motorola and a German company called JAY-tech over the iPad design. The complaint against Motorola targets the company's Xoom Android tablet, which launched in late February. Though the filing doesn't say exactly what relief Apple is seeking from the court, FOSS Patents notes that timing is a key element in requesting a preliminary injunction according to German law, so Apple may have simply requested an EU-wide injunction that would only apply after a full trial.

Apple did note in the filing, however, that it has already obtained a preliminary injunction against JAY-tech's tablets.

Apple is currently involved in a major legal tug-of-war with Motorola in the US concerning 40+ smartphone-related patents; four federal lawsuits and two ITC investigations are pending between the two mobile device makers. Motorola is also seeking to have the patents that Apple is asserting against another Android vendor, HTC, ruled invalid.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Apple, Motorola, tablets

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