Lenovo and Motorola get a sales ban in Germany

Ro, 12 May 2024

After a court ruling, Lenovo and its subsidiary Motorola are facing a ban in Germany. The legal dispute is between Lenovo and the US-based InterDigital over a patent infringement regarding WWAN modules. These modules enable wireless mobile connection in smartphones and other portable devices.

Lenovo and Motorola get a sales ban in Germany

As a result, all devices supporting GSM, UMTS, LTE and 5G connectivity will not be allowed on the German market. This includes some Lenovo mobile devices and Motorola smartphones, including the most recent Edge 50 lineup.

The court decided that Lenovo utilizes technology InterDigital has a patent over and the Chinese-based company hasn't met InterDigital's demands for fair and reasonable licensing fees. Contrary to the court's ruling, Lenovo believes that InterDigital's terms are not fair and will appeal the court's decision.

As of now, only third-party retailers are selling Lenovo and Motorola-branded devices until stocks last, but the two companies are no longer listing devices with WWAN on their official web stores. As is usually the case, the two companies will likely reach a settlement outside the court and impacted mobile devices will return on the shelves. But if you are planning on buying one of Motorola or Lenovo's products in Germany, you might want to hurry, because no one knows how long the sales ban will last.



Reader comments

I dunno. I'm in China anyway, so I wouldn't care about resale value as it is practically nothing for Android phones in China. I'd say my phone now would only get about 30% of its sale price after 1 year and it's in perfect condi...

Yes but the question is if you will be able to sell it in one or two years on the second hand market...

  • Anonymous
  • 14 May 2024
  • gKk

It's tactical sweet-spot to add pressure to get a settlement. The patent-holder wouldn't want to hurt Lenovo's business too much (it's a loss-loss situation), but enough to get the negotiations to accelerate. Germany seems to give...

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