US ITC import ban on 18 Motorola products enforced today

18 Jul 2012

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The Motorola Xoom tablet is just one of the products affected by the ban

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The International Trade Commission in the US has issued an import ban on 18 Motorola devices, which takes effect from today. However, Motorola claims it has a plan to keep these products available for US customers.

The ban on the Android phones and tablets was ordered two months ago when it was ruled that Motorola had infringed on one of Microsoft’s patents with its ActiveSync technology, and today marks the end of the review period.

The now Google-owned Motorola Mobility said in a statement to Ars Technica that it is taking “proactive measures” to ensure its products will still be available to US customers.

This may mean there is enough stock not to need further imports, or that Motorola plans to pay to licence Microsoft’s technology (which it had done previously) or to remove it or adapt it on the devices.

Better news for Motorola in Germany

Elsewhere, however, a German court has rejected Apple’s claim that Motorola Mobility infringes on the iPad design with the Motorola Xoom tablet.

Apple had been seeking to ban these devices across Europe but Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann ruled in Motorola’s favour, deciding that the device’s shape was unique enough to differentiate it from the iPad.

Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com

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