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Qualcomm scores win against Apple in German court, sales of iPhone may be banned

By Cookie Monster - on 21 Dec 2018, 12:06am

Qualcomm scores win against Apple in German court, sales of iPhone may be banned

More than a week after the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China granted Qualcomm an injunction against Apple, the chipmaker scored another win in Germany.

According to Reuters, a German court ruled that Apple has infringed a hardware patent of Qualcomm and some iPhone models in Germany with the particular component could no longer be sold. The ruling affects iPhone 7 through iPhone X models. However, the ruling will not be implemented immediately if Apple appeals.

The particular component is a chip from Apple's supplier Qorvo Inc, which the German court ruled to have violated Qualcomm's patent on a feature that helps mobile devices save battery life while sending and receiving wireless signals. 

In response to the German court's ruling, Qorvo said in a statement that U.S trade regulators had ruled that its chips did not violate the U.S version of the Qualcomm's patent and that it was denied an opportunity to testify at the German hearing. Qorvo believes the German court would have arrived at a different conclusion if it had considered all evidence. 

Apple tried to avoid the sales ban in China by issuing a software update "to address any possible concern" about its compliance with the court order, but Qualcomm claims that the iPhone maker is not taking the iPhone ban seriously.

Source: Reuters