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

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

A court in Munich has ruled that Apple infringed on patents held by Qualcomm over power-saving technology in its Smartphones.

Under the terms of the injunction, the ban will now come into effect after Qualcomm posted the required bonds of €1.34 billion ($1.5 billion) on Thursday, January 3.

'All iPhone models remain available to customers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany, ' the Apple spokesman said on Thursday.

Apple said it intends to appeal the court order, according to TechCrunch. Reseller Gravis confirmed it is still selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models.

Amid a patent dispute between Qualcomm and Apple, Qualcomm was granted an injunction against Apple in December 2018 banning the sale of iPhone models 7 and 8 from all Apple stores in Germany. Apple itself says that it has stopped selling the banned models in its own Apple Stores in Germany.

The German sales ban comes after Qualcomm in December won a preliminary injunction that bans the import and sale of almost all iPhone models in China.

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This is Qualcomm's third attempt at blocking the sale of iPhones, after infringement claims have been made in the USA and China.

At the heart of the dispute in the German case are chips made by one of Apple's suppliers used in iPhones, with both parties at loggerheads on how the chips actually work, the court said.

"We are of course disappointed by this verdict and we plan to appeal". Only the models of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, it is no longer of the opinion that in the Apple Stores.

The court also ordered Apple to recall infringing iPhones from third party resellers in Germany, according to a statement by Qualcomm. If that happens, Qualcomm's bond will be used to compensate Apple, he said. Cupertino has also been found liable for any monetary damages suffered by Qualcomm, the amount of which has yet to be offered.

Qualcomm has said those software updates were insufficient and that Apple must still withdraw its phones.

Apple had filed a request for the Chinese court to reconsider its decision, but no outcome has been announced.

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