Germany Bans Sales of Lenovo and Motorola Devices


Lenovo and its subsidiary Motorola Mobility are in trouble in Germany. Lenovo had a legal dispute with US-based InterDigital over a patent infringement. The disagreement revolves around the alleged infringement of patents related to WWAN. So, InterDigital sued Lenovo and the Munich District Court ruled in favor of InterDigital.

WWAN modules enable wireless mobile connection in different gadgets that use mobile networks. The court’s decision prohibits Lenovo and Motorola from selling or importing any device that use mobile networks like GSM, UMTS, LTE, and 5G. Lenovo can still appeal the verdict.

InterDigital claims that Lenovo hasn’t agreed to its demands for fair and reasonable licensing fees. Lenovo argues that InterDigital’s terms are not fair and it will challenge the decision.

Motorola and Lenovo have already removed affected products from their German websites. They are now only selling accessories that do not use the disputed tech. Some retailers are still selling Motorola and Lenovo products, but they are selling existing stock.

It will be interesting to see if Lenovo goes the legal way or plans to settle the matter outside the court. Until these companies settle the matter, Lenovo and Motorola products won’t be available in Germany.


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