Motorola Mobility has secured an injunction against Apple over two patents that could be used to stop the sale of the iPad and iPhone in Germany.

FOSS Patents’ intellectual property watcher Florian Mueller posted the “default” judgment against Apple, which was made because Apple failed to meet a deadline to file its defence.

The decision means that Motorola could, if it chose to, prevent Apple from selling any of its mobile devices in Germany, according to Mueller.

Apple has not explained why it missed the deadline, but called the ruling a “procedural issue” that had nothing to do with the merits of the case.

It also claimed it will “not affect our ability to do business or sell products in Germany” for the time being.

Motorola, which last week urged investors to accept Google’s US$12.5 billion takeover offer, said it hoped to be able to “resolve the matter” so it could focus on innovation.

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