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Qualcomm granted injunction against Apple in Germany: Apple forced to stop selling iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany

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AnandTech reports that Apple has been forced to stop selling iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in their stores in Germany.

 

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Today Qualcomm was granted an injunction against Apple, allowing for a ban of certain iPhone models in Germany. The announcement comes only a little over a week after a Chinese court ruled in a similar fashion against Apple, on the case that the company is infringing Qualcomm patents.

The case in Germany is on the matter of infringing certain patents that cover the functioning of envelope tracking (ET). ET is a key component in the RF front-end of a cellular system, and its usage notably increases the power efficiency of the system by avoiding unnecessary losses on the side of the power amplifier.

 

As AnandTech has stated, the ban is not yet in effect but will be when Qualcomm posts the bond of 668.4 Million Euros.

 

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The ban is currently not yet active, as Qualcomm will need to post a bond of €668.4m before the order can be enforced. Meanwhile, Apple is naturally appealing the injunction. The interesting aspect here is that Apple is removing the iPhone 7 & 8 from its stores in Germany, although this doesn’t mean that the phones won’t be available anymore as they will remain on sale through their resellers. Apple’s statements, as quoted by Reuters:

 

This is what Apple had to say:

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All iPhone models remain available to customers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany. During the appeal process, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will not be available at Apple’s 15 retail stores in Germany. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR will remain available in all our stores.

 

Definitely disappointed that Qualcomm feels the need to bully Apple into submission. At the end of the day, enough is enough. Unless of course Qualcomm is only doing this to prevent their patents from genericide, the process of something becoming so generic and common place that it loses all of it's meaning as a trademark or whatever it is, and protect their Patent so that they aren't at risk of losing it.

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this crap is just bad for the consumer...

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Just now, firelighter487 said:

this crap is just bad for the consumer...

Yeah.

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Just now, VegetableStu said:

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I realized after posting it's a repost and reported to mods to merge.

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