Motorola just brought the Moto X and Moto Maker to Germany, but now the company is facing some issues there. Due to a patent case filed by LPKF, Motorola is no longer allowed to sell the Moto X and Moto G in Germany. The patent in question covers Laser Direct Structuring for antennas, a process many companies use on their devices.
Laser Direct Structuring is a process used to place antennas on curved surfaces. It was used for the antennas on both the Moto G and the Moto X, so unfortunately, Motorola will not be able to sell the devices without modification. However, it seems that Motorola is already fixing the issue with infringement to continue selling the devices in Germany.
This doesn’t seem like a patent troll case, as LPKF is a German laser engineering firm, so don’t get all up in arms. However, Motorola should probably pay those licensing fees. Hopefully things will be worked out fast, bcause the real losers in such cases are the customers.