Judge Initially Sides with Motorola v Apple over Xoom in Germany

Posted by at 12:22 pm on March 28, 2012

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.

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