Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Qualcomm coughs up £1.17bn to enforce iPhone ban in Germany

Qualcomm coughs up £1.17bn to enforce iPhone ban in Germany

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

Qualcomm imposes court order banning few iPhone models sale in Germany, which is a step that may see Apple pull all those particular iPhone models from its German stores.

"Apple was ordered to cease the sale, offer for sale and importation for sale of all infringing iPhones in Germany".

The ban also forces Apple to pull the infringing iPhone models from third-party German stores. Kai Ruting, a German legal counselor not engaged with the case, said the court arrange was coordinated at Apple substances as opposed to outsiders.

In addition to pulling iPhones from its own physical and virtual shelves in Germany, Apple must also recall iPhones from third-party retailers in Germany, Qualcomm says.

In addition, Apple has once again confirmed that it will now go to the higher regional court to have the verdict appealed.

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The German case is Qualcomm's third major effort to secure a ban on Apple's lucrative iPhones over patent infringement allegations after similar moves in the United States and China, and part of the ongoing global patent skirmish between the two companies.

Courtroom fights over patents, technology, and licensing do not often reach the stage where consumer choice is impacted, but in the ongoing fight between Qualcomm and Apple, sales of iPhone 7 and 8 models are now restricted in Germany. Apple said in a statement back in December. The court ruled to ban sales in Germany of some iPhone models. The bond will be used to fund damages to Apple if the company wins the appeal.

"[Qualcomm's suit is] a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies", Apple said. The phones affected will be the iPhone 7 and 8.

Earlier in December, a Chinese court banned the import and sale of several older iPhone models in the country after Qualcomm's request for an injunction was granted.

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

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