German court forces Apple to stop using misleading statement about banned iPhone models

German court forces Apple to stop using misleading statement about banned iPhone models
Back before Christmas, a German court in Munich ruled that Apple had infringed on a Qualcomm patent related to conserving battery life when a phone's modem chip is active. The court banned Apple from selling the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus in the country. After the court released its decision, Apple released a statement that said it would not stock the banned handsets in the Apple Store or online, but German consumers would be able to buy the affected iPhone models through 4,300 local carriers and resellers.

According to Reuters, this past Thursday Qualcomm was able to obtain a preliminary injunction from the court that prevents Apple from using that part of the statement related to availability of the affected iPhones through local channels. A three-judge panel ruled that Apple's statement is misleading because it gives the impression that the carriers and resellers have unlimited quantities of the banned iPhone models to sell.

Qualcomm had file another suit against Apple in Germany, claiming that the iPhone manufacturer had infringed on a different patent. Earlier this week, the court called the complaint "groundless" and dismissed the case.



1. RevolutionA

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

All this is trap laid out by Android and Qualcomm because of Apples success.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's more about Apple stealing IP actually.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

This guy!

5. Xavier1415

Posts: 216; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Apple stole IP sir or madam smh

7. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMFG LMFAO I hope you are being sarcastic

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Oh, they are really pushing it hard. It's just Germany, but if it would spread, we might soon witness strong precedense, that could really change mobile business in a major way. If you ignore fans and fanatics, this is really interesting and important topic.

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