New Qualcomm Victory Against Apple
New Qualcomm victory against Apple in Germany. The chip maker has managed to paralyze the sale of some old iPhone models due to a patent infringement related to hardware, as happened recently in China. Apple has said it will remove iPhone 7 and 8 models from its German stores after a court ruled it could no longer sell some models in Germany that contain a particular component.
Apple‘s decision is an anticipation of the possible application of the ruling, which was not expected in the short term. And is that if the company appealed or if Qualcomm did not deposit a bond of 668.4 million euros could not start the procedure to enforce the order.
Of course, the iPhone manufacturer has said they will appeal the decision. “We are disappointed by this verdict and plan to appeal. All iPhone models are still available to customers through operators and resellers at 4,300 locations throughout Germany. During the appeal process, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will not be available in the 15 Apple stores in Germany. ” In any case, the models launched in September, iPhone XS, XS Max and XR will continue to be available in all the Apple Store of the company.
This stoppage of the sale of iPhone models in Germany comes after Qualcomm has won a judicial victory in China for two patents related to software, although different from the one questioned today.
The case is part of a wider legal dispute between the two companies, in which Apple argues that Qualcomm has engaged in anti-competitive business practices to protect a monopoly of chips that allow mobile phones to connect to wireless data networks. In the same vein, the US Federal Trade Commission has also sued Qualcomm for its business practices in a case that will go to trial in California next month.
For its part, Qualcomm has argued in courts around the world that Apple violated its patents, so it has requested bans on iPhone sales in the US and China. The German case is Qualcomm‘s third major effort to secure a ban on the lucrative iPhone sales business and damage the company’s accounts.
Here is press release from Qualcomm: