A German court has just ruled that Apple infringed a hardware patent of Qualcomm and that the US company could no longer sell some iPhone models in Germany which contain chips from Intel and parts from another supplier Qorvo.
@Qualcomm just won another injunction against @Apple, this time in Germany. The ruling would ban the sale of some iPhone models with a particular part, but it won't go into effect immediately if Apple appeals. https://t.co/joM1o5sUbu
— Lauren Feiner (@lauren_feiner) December 20, 2018
The ruling will not go into immediate effect if Apple appeals.
Qualcomm had sued Apple in the regional court in Munich in July last year, seeking an injunction to halt some iPhone sales in Germany as well as monetary damages.
“Competition authorities around the world have repeatedly found Qualcomm’s licensing practices unlawful, yet Qualcomm continues to try to achieve the same results through a campaign of patent lawsuits,” Intel’s general counsel, Steven Rodgers, said in a statement. “These lawsuits have been largely unsuccessful, and at best would reduce innovation and raise prices.”
Apple and Qualcomm are yet to release press statements on the judgement.