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Qualcomm posts bonds to stop iPhone sales in Germany

Apple rival paves way for ban on some iPhones in Germany Apple set to pull some iPhones from its German stores...
Orlando Vargas | 05 January, 2019, 23:28

Two weeks after that, Qualcomm has made an interim payment in the amount of 1.34 billion euros, necessary for the entry into force of the decision of the German court to ban sales in Germany of iPhone models 7 and 8 as well as iPhone X 2017 model year.

The chipmaker posted the bonds of 1.34 billion euros ($1.52 billion) as part of a legal requirement by a German court, which found on December 20 that Apple had infringed Qualcomm patents on power-saving technology used in smartphones.

"All iPhone models remain available to customers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany", he said.

Looking at the wider patent dispute, a similar case has been heard in China, were Apple has been told to stop importing the infringing models while Qualcomm is also pushing the case in the US. The company has deposited security bonds to the court totaling €1.34 billion or about $1.52 billion - much more than the original estimates of €668 million for the limited injunction.

The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR models will still be available at Apple stores and from other retailers.

The German case is Qualcomm's third major effort to secure a ban on Apple's lucrative iPhones over patent infringement allegations after similar moves in the USA and China, and part of the ongoing global patent skirmish between the two companies.

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The German sales ban comes after Qualcomm in December won a preliminary injunction that bans the import and sale of almost all iPhone models in China. Apple announced in December that it is only in the 15 German Apple Stores, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 is no longer sold.

In a statement, Qualcomm said that the ban extends to third-party resellers, despite Apple's claims to the contrary.

German reseller Gravis said it was still selling the iPhone 7 and 8 models at its stores as well as online.

The bond was a requirement of the District Court of Munich, on the basis that should Apple appeal and win, damages caused by the sales ban would be covered.

Apple on Thursday reiterated its earlier statement, in which it called Qualcomm's lawsuit "a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies".

The court has also decided that Apple is liable for monetary damages to be determined in the future.

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