Motorola wins initial sanction against Apple in Germany.

MotorolaSan Francisco: Motorola Mobility wins an initial sanction against Apple Inc in Germany, which could ban the sales of iPhones and iPads in the country.

A regional German court in Mannheim ruled on Friday that Apple Sales International European sales subsidiary of Apple in Cork, Ireland must stop selling or distributing mobile devices that violate definite Motorola patents.

“Motorola Mobility will prolong our efforts to resolve our global patent dispute as soon as practicable,” it said in a statement. To enforce the ban, Motorola Mobility has to pay about 100 million euros ($133.8 million) as bond.

Apple Europe spokesman Alan Hely says the company will instantly appeal to the ruling. He says that “Holiday shoppers in Germany should have no problem finding the iPad or iPhone they want.”

Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. welcomed the ruling in a statement but did not identify whether it seeks to block Apple’s sales in Germany, which could confirm to be an expensive move should make the appeals court side with Apple.

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