Apple ordered to pull some iPhone models from Germany

Apple ordered to pull some iPhone models from Germany

Apple was found violating Qualcomm's patented power savings technology used within smartphones.

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. The manufacturer of the corresponding component in the in Germany sold iPhones, the US-based company, Qorvo, refers in turn to the fact that you can use your own solution, the Qualcomm's Patent-infringing.

According to Qualcomm, Apple was ordered to cease the sale, offer for sale and importation for sale of all infringing iPhones in Germany. This affair follows a similar effort from Qualcomm to ban iPhones from China over a different IP infringement. "During the appeal process, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will not be available at Apple's 15 retail stores in Germany. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR will remain available in all our stores", Apple added. Reseller Gravis confirmed it is still selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models. 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.

Apple is appealing the decision. However, the banned models will still be sold through mobile network carriers and third-party retailers throughout Germany. The trick is in the way the court order is being interpreted.

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"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 USA litigation and not the German case".

"We are of course disappointed by this verdict and we plan to appeal".

With the lackluster sales performance of this year's newest iPhones, market observers have seen some support grow around older models like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. That is, the bond will reimburse the damages awarded to Apple if the iPhone maker will win an appeal against the injunction.

Still, Apple also pushed a software update to address concerns over whether it was in compliance with Chinese courts.

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