Qualcomm on Thursday took steps to Impose a court order Prohibiting the sale of some iPhone models in Germany, a move that will likely see Apple pull those iPhone Versions from its German stores.
The US chipmaker submitted bonds of EUR 1.34 billion ($1.52 billion) as a part of a legal requirement by a German court, which found on December 20 which Applehad infringed Qualcomm patents on power-saving technology employed in smartphones.
Apple had previously said it would pull iPhone 7$48,430 and 8 versions from its 15 retail shops in Germany when the order came to force. This order took effect when Qualcomm posted the bonds.
The German situation is Qualcomm’s third major attempt to secure a ban on Apple’s lucrative iPhones over patent infringement allegations after similar motions in the USA and China, also is a portion of a global patent gap between the two firms.
According to the court order, Apple must halt the sale, offer for sale and importation available for infringing iPhones in Germany. Apple had stated it was appealing the decision.
The court also ordered Apple to remember the affected iPhones from third party resellers in Germany, according to a statement by Qualcomm.
In its previous statement on the conclusion, Apple had stated it would continue to offer all of its phones at thousands of retail and carrier places across Germany, an immediate contradiction into Qualcomm’s interpretation of this order.
The Munich regional court wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Kai Ruting, a German attorney not involved in the case, said the court order was directed at Apple entities rather than third parties.
“These third parties continue to be free to market the (affected) iPhones, and they market the majority of iPhones,” Ruting said, adding,”the question of a settlement is going to be pushed by the U.S. litigation and not the German case.”
Ruting stated that Apple had strong arguments for the German court’s judgment to be reversed on appeal. If that happens, Qualcomm’s bond is being used to compensate Apple, he explained.
Apple’s announced intention to pull on iPhones from stores in Germany contrasts with the way it has handled a court decision in China, in which there was a considerably wider ban on iPhone sales following a court ruled the apparatus violated Qualcomm’s patents. Apple has continued to market phones in China, saying that it believed its phones were lawful in the nation.
However, Apple also pushed a software upgrade to address issues over whether it had been in compliance with Chinese courts.
Qualcomm has stated those applications updates were inadequate and Apple should still withdraw its phones. Apple had filed a request for its Chinese court to reconsider its conclusion, but no outcome has been announced.