Qualcomm Rocks Apple's Core With Court-Ordered iPhone Ban In Germany


As per the report from CNET, Apple will not be retailing the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 devices across 15 retail stores in Germany.

The injunction covers all models of iPhones that contain the infringing functionalities and apply to Apple's European Union entities as well as Apple Incorporated.

An already serious legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm is starting to intensify.

The feud kicked into high gear in January 2017 when Apple sued Qualcomm claiming that it was charging "excessive patent royalty fees" for its cellphone technology.

Qualcomm said the injunction will go into effect once the company posts required bonds in a few days.

Meanwhile, Jun Zhang believes that current model sales will be taking a cut and that will lead to Apple cutting orders to its supppliers. Qualcomm shares were up 1 percent at 57.22.

Apple is naturally planning to appeal the ruling and the looming ban.

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"We are of course disappointed by this verdict and we plan to appeal", reads Apple's statement. The interesting aspect here is that Apple is removing the iPhone 7 & 8 from its stores in Germany, although this doesn't mean that the phones won't be available anymore as they will remain on sale through their resellers.

Besides, the Cupertino giant is withdrawing its older iPhones from German stores as the company lost two patent cases brought by chipmaker Qualcomm.

The Chinese ban was in relation to photo editing and touchscreen multi-tasking patents but, because Apple responded quickly and removed the offending features from iOS, sales of the older devices were subsequently resumed.

The German case is Qualcomm's third major effort to secure a ban on Apple's lucrative iPhones over patent infringement allegations after similar efforts in the United States and China.

It's hard to know at this point which way things are going to come down: whether Apple will be vindicated and Qualcomm ruined, or Qualcomm's IP rights upheld and Apple punished for trying to screw it.

San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. announced on Thursday that the District Court of Munich found that Apple is infringing Qualcomm's intellectual property for power savings in smartphones and granted its request for a permanent injunction.

General counsel of Intel, Steven Rodgers, said Qualcomm is engaging in a campaign of lawsuits that would reduce innovation and raise prices, if successful.