iPhones Sale Will Be Ban in Germany: If Qualcomm Gets Partial Ban

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Qualcomm tasted yet another minor victory over Apple after it was granted a second injunction against Apple on Thursday, banning the Cupertino company from selling some old iPhone models in Germany. This comes just a few weeks after Qualcomm secured a court order to ban sales of older iPhone models in China. The latest court order means Apple will not sell iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models in stores in Germany.

The District Court of Munich ruled in favour of Qualcomm, deciding that Apple had infringed a hardware patent of the US chipmaker, Reuters reports. Only those iPhone models have been pulled from stores that use chips from Intel and Apple supplier Qorvo. Following the ruling, Apple said it would pull iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models in 15 stores in Germany, but all iPhone models will continue to be available at third-party retailers in the country. Additionally, the newer iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR models will still be sold in Germany.

Given that Apple can appeal the initial ruling, the court said the injunction banning sales of affected iPhones can only be imposed immediately if Qualcomm laid down a security deposit amounting to 668.4 million euros ($765 million).

The court said it had sought the large sum as that could be the amount awarded to Apple in terms of revenue losses if the iPhone maker manages to get the Munich ruling overturned by a higher court.

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