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German court rejects Motorola bid to block iPhone

BERLIN — A German court has rejected Motorola’s attempt to have Apple Inc. withdraw several iPhone and iPad models from its German internet store in an ongoing legal battle over patents between the two phone giants.

The Karlsruhe state court on Monday overturned a lower court’s injunction, saying that Apple has now made Motorola a better offer for patent licensing terms, the dapd news agency reported.

The injunction, which had already been put on hold earlier this month, caused Apple to briefly halt the sale of the devices online in Germany after Motorola successfully argued Apple was using its mobile technology without a license.

Apple had argued that Motorola refused a license even though it had agreed the technology should be an industry standard.

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