Google faces German Motorola phone patent ban
Motorola faces the prospect of being forced to remove its handsets from sale in Germany and to recall phones already bought by business customers.
The German company helped pioneer a processcalled Laser Direct Structuring*(LDS), which offers a way to create antenna patterns.
It involves using a laser beam to create microscopic pits and undercuts on plastic, to which a metal coating can then be anchored.
This can prove cheaper than other options, such as hot stamping the pattern or using injection moulding, especially when more complex 3D antenna designs are desired to help keep components small and hidden inside a device.