Apple sees iPhone ban in Germany

Apple sees iPhone ban in Germany

Qualcomm, in essence, argues that Apple isn't compensating the company for the use of its intellectual property; Apple on the other hand has been alleging that Qualcomm is using invalid patents to demand royalty payments for the use of wireless chipsets.

Both of these revelations come via Joshua Landau, a patent attorney. The firm has now been found to be infringing on Qualcomm's power-saving patents in a court in Munich. In turn, a preliminary injunction has been placed against a handful of older iPhone models, although Germany won't enforce the ban immediately should Apple appeal. The analyst claims that the iPhone XR production orders could be reduced by as much as 2.5 million units with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max seeing cuts of 1 million and 500,000 units respectively.

The ruling states that Apple should stop selling all devices which contain this specific modem, in Germany, but that decision will be suspended when the appeal goes through.

The court also ruled that Qualcomm should receive unspecified damages from Apple. But before things really got out of hand, Qualcomm's CEO offered Apple an olive branch... which Apple threw into the garbage because it figured - with good reason - that Qualcomm was suffering financially from the fight and it could outlast the big Q. As a result of the imminent appeal, the injunction will not go into immediate effect.




A judge in Munich ruled on Thursday that iPhones which have a combination of chips from Intel and Apple-supplier Qorvo violated one of Qualcomm's patents in Europe around so-called envelope tracking.

The iPhone X, which was also mentioned in the ruling, has since been replaced by a newer model.

Apple faced similar injunctions in China that could ban every iPhone from the iPhone 6S through the iPhone X from store shelves. It's now up to Chinese courts to determine if the update was enough to avoid the sales ban. The sale of iPhones could suffer in the trade dispute between China and the US. In China, the disputed Qualcomm technology is entirely software-based.

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