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Apple wins German sales injunction against Motorola Android products, probably won't affect anyone

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Apple just won a German sales injunction against Motorola Android devices, which were found to infringe an Apple patent on scrolling behavior in the photo gallery application.

Motorola Droid RAXR maxx logo (1020)
Motorola Droid RAXR maxx logo (1020)

Apple just won a German sales injunction against Motorola Android devices, which were found to infringe an Apple patent on scrolling behavior in the photo gallery application. It's the second major legal victory related to this patent Apple's had in the past few months; it won a similar injunction against Samsung in the Netherlands in October.

Of course, a legal victory really just means more cash for the lawyers — like Samsung, Motorola can just update its photo gallery app to work around Apple's patent. We'll start counting down until the company releases a statement to that effect; until then, German Motorola customers should get their last little bit of photo swiping in while they can.

Update: Bingo! Motorola just sent us the following statement, confirming that it's designing around the contested patent:

"Today's ruling in Munich, Germany on the patent litigation brought by Apple concerns a software feature associated with performing certain functions when viewing photos in a ‘zoomed in' mode on mobile devices. We note that the Court ruled that performing the functions in a ‘zoomed out' mode does not infringe on this patent. We expect no impact to supply or future sales as we have already implemented a new way to view photos on our products that does not interfere with the user experience."