Apple concedes to Qualcomm to escape German iPhone ban

Joanna Estrada
February 14, 2019

The Intel chips used on the devices were apparently infringing Qualcomm's patents, and Apple was forced to stop selling the products immediately. Apple supplier Qorvo Inc is the actual producer of a chip that Qualcomm is saying violates its intellectual property rights. Qualcomm won a victory against Apple in Germany, acquiring an injunction which would stop Apple from selling iPhone models that used Intel chips in their retail stores, forcing Apple to pull their devices from sale both in-store and online.

The iPhone maker has alleged that Qualcomm engaged in illegal patent licensing practices to protect a monopoly on so-called modem chips, which connect mobile phones to wireless data networks.

Apple and Qualcomm have been at loggerheads for a while now, with the firm suing Apple over its alleged patent infringement. A major case between the two goes to trial in the United States in April. Apple and Intel take another loss in the ongoing fight against Qualcomm.

On Thursday, Apple said it'll resume sales of the older iPhone models at its German stores.

Apple appealed the decision but has conceded the only way to get around the restrictions is to ensure the affected models use Qualcomm technology. To be clear, Intel's modems aren't directly involved in the lawsuit.

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