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Qualcomm’s $1.5 billion bond halts certain iPhone sales in Germany

Qualcomm’s $1.5 billion bond halts certain iPhone sales in Germany

The court found that Apple had infringed patents on power-saving technology. The two companies disagree on whether the injunction also covers the sale of iPhones in mobile phone operator shops and other third party retailers.

A spokesman for Gravis, Germany's biggest re-seller of Apple products, that it still had all Apple products on sale, including the iPhone 7 and 8 models.

The Munich regional court was not immediately available for comment.

Previously, it was noted that Apple's iPhone 7 and 8 models would not be sold in 15 retail locations in Germany.

"Apple was ordered to cease the sale, offer for sale and importation for sale of all infringing iPhones in Germany", Qualcomm said in a statement. However, at the time, the iPhone 7 and 8 models were still being sold through third-party resellers.

Qualcomm has posted a bond of 1.34 billion euros ($1.5 billion) to enforce a German court order halting several iPhone models from selling in the country.

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However, the ruling does not apply to iPhone models running iOS 12 nor to Apple's latest iPhone XS/XR/XS Max lineup, according to Reuters.

The case of Germany is the third attempt by Qualcomm to block the sale of iPhone. "Apple's request to the court for a stay of the injunction was denied". For this reason, the 668.4 million each for both proceedings (iPhone 7 and iPhone 8) also protect the Cupertino company from possible losses should Apple be justified in the appeal hearing.

"Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers", Apple stated. Although each one is a little different, they all are based on the idea that Apple is using various Qualcomm patents in iPhones and not paying Qualcomm the proper licensing fees.

Still, Apple also pushed a software update to address concerns over whether it was in compliance with the Chinese courts. Apple said in a statement back in December.

Apple has announced an appeal against the judgment of the district court.

The battle between the two is likely hitting Apple's sales figures, but Qualcomm has not come away unscathed on the balance sheet, either.


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