Apple was going to pick up a few iPhones from its German stores …

More bad news for Apple after the company pulled out some iPhones from its German stores after the Qualcomm ban

  • It comes weeks after Qualcomm obtained the court order to ban some sales in China
  • The maker of the smartphone said that it appealed the decision

Reuters

Apple is likely to pull a number of iPhone models from its German stores after Qualcomm said Thursday that it had placed security bonds to issue a court order prohibiting the sale of those iPhone models in the country.

The chip maker placed the 1.34 billion euro ($ 1.52 billion) bonds as part of a legal requirement of a German court, which discovered on December 20 that Apple had violated the Qualcomm patents on energy-saving technology used in smartphones.

The iPhone maker had previously said that it would pull the iPhone 7 and 8 models from the 15 stores in Germany when the order came into force.

Apple is likely to pull a number of iPhone models from its German stores after Qualcomm said Thursday that it had placed security bonds to issue a court order prohibiting the sale of those iPhone models in the country.

Apple is likely to pull a number of iPhone models from its German stores after Qualcomm said Thursday that it had placed security bonds to issue a court order prohibiting the sale of those iPhone models in the country.

The order came into effect when Qualcomm placed the bond.

The German case is the third major attempt by Qualcomm to ban Apple's lucrative iPhones on allegations of patent infringement following similar steps in the United States and China, and is part of a global stalemate between the two businesses.

According to the court ruling, Apple must stop the sale, offer for sale and import for sale of all infringing iPhones in Germany.

Apple had said it challenged the decision.

When Apple contacted a spokesman on Thursday, an Apple spokesman in Germany reiterated that the group was planning to appeal and that iPhone 7 and 8 models would not be available in stores during the professional process.

The court also ordered Apple to recall the affected iPhones from external resellers in Germany, according to a Qualcomm statement.

A source familiar with the situation said this week that there are no settlement discussions between Apple and Qualcomm

A source familiar with the situation said this week that there are no settlement discussions between Apple and Qualcomm

A source familiar with the situation said this week that there are no settlement discussions between Apple and Qualcomm

In his earlier statement about the decision, Apple had said that it would continue to offer all its phones at thousands of retail and carrier locations throughout Germany, a direct contradiction with Qualcomm's interpretation of the order.

& # 39; All iPhone models remain available to customers via carriers and resellers at 4,300 locations in Germany & # 39 ;, said Apple's spokesperson on Thursday.

THE AMERICAN PATENT RACE

In the US case, Qualcomm claims that it has developed six patents in the past four years that improve battery life on mobile devices and that Apple uses these technologies on its devices but does not pay for it.

In its complaint to the ITC, Qualcomm asked the authority for iPhones that use other mobile baseband processors than those supplied by Qualcomm's affiliates & # 39; to prohibit.

Qualcomm has not claimed that Intel chips are infringing its patents, but claims that the way Apple implements it on the iPhone does.

The German reseller Gravis said that it still sells iPhone 7 and 8 models in stores and online.

Apple has not explained why it believed that it could continue to sell the phones in question through German resellers.

The Munich Regional Court was not immediately available for comment.

Chip supplier Qualcomm Inc won a second skirmish in its worldwide patent battle with Apple on Thursday, with the iPhone maker saying that he would pick up some older models from his German stores.

Chip supplier Qualcomm Inc won a second skirmish in its worldwide patent battle with Apple on Thursday, with the iPhone maker saying that he would pick up some older models from his German stores.

Chip supplier Qualcomm Inc won a second skirmish in its worldwide patent battle with Apple on Thursday, with the iPhone maker saying that he would pick up some older models from his German stores.

The announced intention of Apple to pick up iPhones from stores in Germany is in stark contrast to how it handled a court order in China, when there was a much wider ban on iPhone sales after a judge ruled that the devices were the patents of Qualcomm violated. Apple continued to sell phones in China and said it believed his phones were legal there.

Nevertheless, Apple also pushed a software update to express concern about whether it was in line with the Chinese courts.

Qualcomm said that these software updates were inadequate and that Apple still has to pull on their phones.

Apple had filed a request with the Chinese court to reconsider its decision, but no outcome was announced.

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