A patent lawsuit filed by Qualcomm towards Apple was thrown out by a German court docket on Tuesday, in a reversal for the US chipmaker after it received a current court docket ban on the sale of some iPhones within the nation.
The regional court docket within the metropolis of Mannheim dismissed the Qualcomm swimsuit as groundless in an preliminary verbal choice, saying the patent in query was not violated by the set up of its chips in Apple’s smartphones.
Qualcomm, waging a worldwide patent battle with Apple, stated it could enchantment after successful a separate case earlier than a court docket in Munich in December that enabled it to enforce a ban on the sale of older iPhones in Germany.
“Apple has a historical past of infringing our patents,” stated Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s government vp and basic counsel.
“Whereas we disagree with the Mannheim court docket’s choice and can enchantment, we’ll proceed to implement our (mental property) rights towards Apple worldwide.”
Apple declined to touch upon the Mannheim choice. It referred to a press release issued in response to the December 20 ruling in Munich, towards which it’s interesting.
Apple stated on the time that, whereas a call on the Munich enchantment is excellent, it could not inventory the iPhone 7 and 8 at its 15 shops in Germany, though its newer fashions would stay on sale.
All of its fashions stay out there by carriers and resellers. Gravis, the main Apple reseller in Germany, stated on Tuesday it continued to inventory the complete vary of iPhones.
Aside from the German order, Qualcomm has additionally secured a ban on the sale of some iPhones in China. Apple, which can be contesting that ruling, has continued to supply its iPhones in China however made adjustments to its iOS working system following the order.
Qualcomm, in the meantime, faces a US antitrust case introduced by the Federal Commerce Fee which accuses it of abusing a monopoly on cell chip expertise in a trial that might have a serious influence on the smartphone business.
If the federal government prevails within the trial that started on January 4, Qualcomm might be compelled to vary its practices for licensing a trove of patents to gadget makers like Apple.
Apple is carefully watching the FTC case, because it has its personal pending lawsuit making related claims towards Qualcomm.
© Thomson Reuters 2019