Apple Will Stop Selling iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany

Apple Will Stop Selling iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany

Today Qualcomm was granted an injunction against Apple, allowing for a ban of certain iPhone models in Germany. As a result, Apple will stop selling its iPhone 7 and 8 handsets in that country. Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn't do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behavior. However, Apple told CNBC that the company plans to appeal the ruling.

The ban is now not yet active, as Qualcomm will need to post a bond of €668.4m before the order can be enforced. It will not affect the iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max. A Munich court ruled that Apple and its subsidiaries had breached a European patent held by Qualcomm, as per a report by AP. He also noted that Apple's services business will likely grow 20%. Apple now has to fight the same battle on two fronts as Qualcomm brings the legal proceedings to German court; however the iPhone maker can delay immediate effects by appealing. Qualcomm, in essence, argues that Apple isn't compensating the company for the use of its intellectual property; Apple on the other hand has been alleging that Qualcomm is using invalid patents to demand royalty payments for the use of wireless chipsets. In this latest chapter in the legal drama, Qualcomm successfully argued that 4G LTE modems produced by Intel and components produced by Qorvo for the iPhone infringe upon its patents. For what it's worth, Qorvo's chip was not found to infringe on Qualcomm patents in the U.S. "The iPhones 7plus, 7, 8, 8plus and X are affected", said the regional court in Munich in a statement. All iPhone models remain available to customers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany.

Apple and Qualcomm have been in a two-year-long battle that started with the Cupertino giant accusing the USA chipmaker of overcharging prices of its modem chips.

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General counsel of Intel, Steven Rodgers, said Qualcomm is engaging in a campaign of lawsuits that would reduce innovation and raise prices, if successful.

A Qualcomm spokesperson did not immediately have a statement.

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