Qualcomm’s $1.5 billion bond halts certain iPhone sales in Germany

Daniel Fowler
January 5, 2019

In the latest episode of the global patent battle between Apple and Qualcomm, the iPhone maker looks set to pull some of its device models from stores in Germany after Qualcomm moved to enforce a court order in the country.

On December 20 a year ago, a court in Munich found that certain iPhone models infringed Qualcomm's patents, specifically those relating to power-saving technology. December, the infringement of a Qualcomm patent by Apple found. Qualcomm's got the right, a ban on the sale to enforce, if the chip, the group deposited the security. "The Court also ordered Apple to recall infringing iPhones from third party resellers in Germany", the firm added. The company said it would appeal the decision.

The sales ban relates to the models of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus, and the iPhone X from 2017, the Apple has to offer.

For its part, Apple, which is working to make sure that its own stores comply with ruling, told Reuters that retailers and carriers in 4,300 locations are still selling all available iPhone models.

The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China sided with Qualcomm's argument that Apple's iDevices infringe its patents related to resizing images and using touch-based navigation apps.

Qualcomm has frequently claimed Apple has violated its patents, while Apple says Qualcomm is abusing its dominant position in the market and charging extortionate fees.

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"Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers", Apple said.

Ruting said that Apple had strong arguments for the German court's ruling to be reversed on appeal.

Apple is appealing the decision.

Apple's Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook released a statement to shareholders on Wednesday about a revised guidance outlook.

Such a move would be equally unlikely to endear Apple to USA or Chinese consumers, with the Chinese iPhone boycott likely to intensify, whole U.S. buyers are unlikely to appreciate the further significant price rises domestic production would bring.

China has caused major problems for many industries due to the ongoing trade war tensions.

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