After Apple was barred from importing and selling few iPhone models in China, Qualcomm has now been granted a second injunction against Apple on Thursday, banning the brand from selling some iPhone models in Germany.
Following the ruling in the Apple-Qualcomm patent case, Apple will currently stop selling iPhones in its stores in Germany that use chips from Intel and areas from another supplier called Qorvo.
The judge has ruled that smartphones that contain a combination of chips from Intel and Apple supplier Qorvo violated one of Qualcomm‘s patents around envelope tracking that helps mobile phones map up battery power whereas sending and receiving wireless signals.
In a declaration, Apple said that it is planning to appeal the ruling. Under this condition, Judge Matthias Zigann told the ruling would not go into immediate effect. But, Apple said that throughout the appeal process, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will not be sold in its 15 retail stores in Germany.
The company’s fresh iPhone models, like iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, will yet be sold in these stores. However, the company has clarified that all iPhone models, like iPhone 7 and 8 will yet be sold through carriers and other third-party retailers in Germany.
In a statement, Apple said, “We are of course discouraged by this verdict and we plan to appeal. All iPhone models remain in the world to buyers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany.”
On the other hand, Qualcomm said in a press release that the injunction will be in effect as early as it posts the required bonds. The manufacturer added that it would complete the process “within a number of days.” Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and In general counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated, said:
Two respected courts in two alternative jurisdictions just in the past two weeks have currently confirmed the price tag of Qualcomm’s patents and declared Apple an infringer, ordering a ban on iPhones in the important markets of Germany and China.
The German case is the chipset maker’s third key effort to secure a ban on Apple’s lucrative iPhones over patent infringement allegations. The manufacturer had noted filed these types of cases in the United States and in China. This is Additionally Qualcomm’s second key win against Apple after a Chinese court granted an injunction against Apple for an alleged patent violation noted this month.
The case is part of a broader court conflict between the two technology giants in what Apple has alleged that Qualcomm engaged in anti-competitive business practices for a monopoly on its modem chips.