In a dispute with Apple about a ban on selling some iPhones in Germany, the chip company Qualcomm has a thumb. Qualcomm applied to the Munich District Court for punishment against Apple or to order Apple CEO Tim Cook. This is clear from the documents available to Reuters on Thursday.
Applications should force Apple to execute a court judgment in December, said Qualcomm's chief lawyer Don Rosenberg in a press release. However, Apple accused Qualcomm in a press release of diverting maneuvers in the global conflict between the two companies. A representative of the Court said that Qualcomm's applications could not be approved.
Some iPhone models are not available for distribution
In December, the District Court in Munich ruled sensationally that Apple should no longer offer iPhone 7, 7plus, 8, 8plus and X models in Germany. Because the component of these devices violates the Qualcomm patent. Now Qualcomm's lawyers complained to the court that Apple had lifted the ban. Contrary to what the court decided, the group did not exclude the sale of complainant devices, for example from authorized dealers. These iPhones will continue to be sold by third parties in large quantities in Germany.
In fact, Apple announced immediately after the verdict to take some iPhone models from its 15 stores in Germany. At the same time, the company advertised that all iPhone models are still available to dealers and other contract partners in 4300 locations in Germany.
In addition, Apple appealed against the judgment. Although years may reach the final decision of the Supreme Regional Court or the Federal Court, the district court allowed the ban to be implemented immediately. The court-imposed condition that Qualcomm deposited EUR 1.3 billion as collateral reports that Qualcomm has been executed. The amount is that the judgment is overturned by a higher authority, and Apple must compensate for the stop.
Both companies have been involved in litigation in several countries around the world for several years. While Qualcomm accuses the iPhone maker of patent infringement, Apple accuses the chip maker of abusing its market power. On Thursday, Qualcomm failed in the Munich District Court. The Court rejected four other Qualcomm patent processes against the iPhone maker. This judgment is not yet final.
(APA / Reuters)