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Qualcomm enforces ban to halt some iPhone sales

A German court had on 20 December found that Apple had infringed Qualcomm patents on power saving technology used in iPhones A German court had on 20 December found that Apple had infringed Qualcomm patents on power saving technology used in iPhones
Conrad Doyle | 05 January, 2019, 23:27

On December 20 previous year, a court in Munich found that certain iPhone models infringed Qualcomm's patents, specifically those relating to power-saving technology.

Apple has been ordered by a court in Germany to remove certain iPhone models from its stores over a patent dispute with chip manufacturer Qualcomm.

"All iPhone models remain available to customers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany", he said. The court additionally requested Apple to review the influenced iPhones from outsider affiliates in Germany, as per an announcement by Qualcomm. Kai Ruting, a German legal counselor not engaged with the case, said the court arrange was coordinated at Apple substances as opposed to outsiders. "The court also ordered Apple to recall infringing iPhones from third-party resellers in Germany".

Munich regional court and Apple were not immediately available for comment. This affair follows a similar effort from Qualcomm to ban iPhones from China over a different IP infringement.

Even though the importation and sales ban on the iPhone 7 series and iPhone 8 series in Germany is now in effect, one retailer in the country is still selling these models in its stores and online.

An employee of German Apple retailer Gravis displays an iPhone 7 and 8 in a store in Berlin on January 3, 2019.

Apple is appealing the decision. However, the situation erupted in 2017 after Apple filed a suit against Qualcomm which alleged the latter was operating an illegal business model by way of "double-dipping" on licensing fees.

"These third parties are still free to sell the (affected) iPhones, and they sell the majority of iPhones", Ruting said, adding, "the question of a settlement will be driven by the US litigation and not the German case". If that happens, Qualcomm's bond will be used to compensate Apple, he said.

Besides legal and pricing issues, Apple is also under political attack, with US President Donald Trump insisting that Apple brings back production of the iPhone to the USA. Only the models of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, it is no longer of the opinion that in the Apple Stores. The court has also determined that Apple is liable for monetary damages in an amount to be determined at a later time.

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