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Apple loses German injunction… and security chief

Apple's court battles continue, as Motorola Mobility has been granted an injunction against the technology provider.

A regional German court in Mannheim has ruled in favour of Motorola, after Apple failed to meet a deadline to file its defence.

The case surrounded two patents – one regarding a "method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system" and the other being a "multiple pager status synchronisation system and method".

The lawsuit was filed by Motorola – who Google has made a take-over bid on – against Apple corporation rather than the local German subsidiary and does not specify any products in particular.

Apple maintains that the decision will not affect their ability to sell items or conduct business in Germany.

Motorola has released little news on the matter, instead focusing on "creating great innovations that benefit the industry".

"[We] will continue to assert ourselves in the protection of these assets, while also ensuring that our technologies are widely available to end-users," one spokesman said.

The news of Apple's loss also comes after the brand's vice president of global security John Theriault reportedly stepped down from his position.

Mr Theriault's departure follows criticism over the loss of a prototype phone in a San Francisco bar in late July.

The device – which was to presumably become the iPhone 4S – was never recovered, despite searching the home of a local resident.

Mr Theriault joins several other high-profile Apple executives who have left the company in recent weeks – including retail boss Ron Johnson, lead designer Sarah Brody, Mac OS X lead Bertrand Serlet and iAds chief Andy Miller.

Apple is yet to make an official statement on Mr Theriault's resignation.