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Apple, Motorola dispute Xoom in Düsseldorf courtroom

updated 01:00 pm EDT, Tue March 27, 2012

Judge intiially sides with Motorola

Apple and Motorola faced off in a court hearing in Düsseldorf, Germany earlier today, Dow Jones reports. Motorola is being sued by Apple over three different design concepts, as well as alleged violation of a competition law. Specifically Apple is upset over the Motorola Xoom, which it says imitates the first-generation iPad with only minor design differences. Motorola is exploiting Apple's reputation unfairly, Apple counsel told the court.

Before the hearing even got underway, however, the judge stated in opening remarks that the court considers the Xoom's shaped front edges and bent backside enough to distinguish the tablet from others. Motorola counsel argued the point further, saying there are clear indications on both sides of the Xoom, and that there is "no way" the device can be mistaken for an Apple product.

A ruling on the matter is scheduled for May 31st. The two companies are engaged in a number of legal battles worldwide; most recently Apple lost a motion to obtain broad information about Android development and Google's takeover of Motorola. The Android interface and multi-touch technology are a recurring theme in ongoing suits and countersuits.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yea sure

    I have to wonder if someone made a BMW ish car that looked like a BMW except for slightly different headlights and aft trunk trim, would the courts be so forgiving. Maybe if they called it a BWM...

    Just a thought,

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