Qualcomm on Thursday took Measures to enforce a court order Prohibiting the sale of some iPhone models in Germany, a move that will likely see Apple pull those iPhone models from its German Shops.
The US chipmaker posted bonds of EUR 1.34 billion ($1.52 billion) as a part of a legal requirement with a German court, which found on December 20 which Applehad infringed Qualcomm patents on power-saving technology used in smartphones.
Apple had earlier said it would pull iPhone 7$48,430 and 8 models from its 15 retail stores in Germany when the order came into force. This order took effect when Qualcomm posted the bonds.
The German situation is Qualcomm’s third major effort to secure a ban on Apple’s lucrative iPhones during patent infringement allegations after similar motions in the USA and China, also is part of a worldwide patent spat between the two firms.
According to the court order, Apple has to halt the sale, offer for sale and importation for sale of all infringing iPhones in Germany. Apple had said that it was appealing the decision.
In its prior announcement on the conclusion, Apple had stated it would continue to offer all of its mobiles at thousands of retail and carrier places across Germany, an immediate contradiction to Qualcomm’s interpretation of this purchase.
The Munich regional court wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Kai Ruting, a German attorney not involved in the case, said the court order had been led at Apple entities instead of third parties.
“These third parties continue to be free to market the (influenced ) iPhones, and they market the vast majority of iPhones,” Ruting said, adding,”the question of a settlement is going to be driven by the U.S. lawsuit and not the German case.”
Ruting stated that Apple had strong arguments for the German court’s judgment to be reversed on appeal. If this occurs, Qualcomm’s bond will be utilized to compensate Apple, ” he said.
Apple’s announced intention to pull iPhones from stores in Germany contrasts with the way it has handled a court decision in China, where there was a considerably wider ban on iPhone earnings following a court ruled the apparatus broken up Qualcomm’s patents. Apple has continued to market phones in China, saying it considered its phones were legal in the nation.
However, Apple also pushed a software upgrade to address issues over whether it was in compliance with Chinese courts.
Qualcomm has stated those applications updates were insufficient and Apple should still withdraw its phones. Apple had filed a request for its Chinese court to reconsider its decision, but no outcome was announced.