Qualcomm enforces ban to halt some Apple iPhone sales in Germany

Ivan Schwartz
January 5, 2019

On December 20 the District Court of Munich decided Apple had in fact infringed Qualcomm's technology for power savings in the older models and ordered the company to halt all sales in Germany.

Amid a patent dispute between Qualcomm and Apple, Qualcomm was granted an injunction against Apple in December 2018 banning the sale of iPhone models 7 and 8 from all Apple stores in Germany.

We wrote past year that Apple has been found to be infringing on Qualcomm's power-saving patents in a court in Munich. It is not clear if third-party sellers and carriers will also comply with the court's order.

The Alliance is a non-governmental trade body, so it doesn't appear to have any authority in this regard, but it said in a statement that the Chinese courts should impose "a fine or detention to force Apple Inc.to perform this order in accordance with the law". "Apple's request to the court for a stay of the injunction was denied". This affair follows a similar effort from Qualcomm to ban iPhones from China over a different IP infringement.

The ruling actually occurred last month but has been put into effect only now after Qualcomm posted over $1.5 billion in security bonds.

Apple is appealing the decision.

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However, Apple and some observers, believe third party sellers will be able to continue selling the iPhone models in question, according to a report from Reuters. The court ruled to ban sales in Germany of some iPhone models.

In its United States case, Qualcomm alleges that it has six patents developed in the past four years that improve battery life in mobile devices and that 'Apple uses these technologies in its devices but is not paying for them'.

The security bond was necessary to enforce a ban on Apple selling its iPhones in Germany. The trick is in the way the court order is being interpreted. That is, the bond will reimburse the damages awarded to Apple if the iPhone maker will win an appeal against the injunction.

The iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus are no longer for sale in Germany.

However, Apple said all of its iPhone models remained on sale in China, following a software update from Apple and pending a further legal ruling there.

"Qualcomm's campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies", said an Apple spokesman at the time.

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