Apple faces separate iPhone sales ban in Germany following court ruling

Apple faces separate iPhone sales ban in Germany following court ruling
Apple iPhone XS and XS Max

Just ten days after Qualcomm was granted a preliminary injunction against Apple in China, a German court has today ruled that certain iPhones violate one of Qualcomm's numerous patent. Therefore, Apple is currently facing a second sales ban.

Unlike in China where the Qualcomm is targeting certain software features found in iOS – Apple claims to have fixed any patent issues with a recent update – the case in Germany relates to iPhones that contain a certain combination of Intel and Qorvo components.

According to the ruling, the latter company violated Qualcomm’s "low-voltage power-efficient envelope tracker" patent which is said to be vital to the conservation of battery power whenever a smartphone’s modem is active. This means that any iPhones equipped with Qorvo's components will be banned in Germany.

If Apple chooses to appeal the ruling – something that it will unquestionably do – the sales ban in Germany won’t take immediate effect. This means that, for now, the Cupertino giant is free to continue selling smartphones in the market.

On a related note, Qualcomm is also awaiting a separate ruling in Germany. This one focuses on four other patents that relate to iOS search, contacts, and shortcuts in Spotlight. However, in the hope of avoiding any other legal issues, Apple recently pushed out an update to German iPhones that reportedly fixes the listed issues.

UPDATE: In response to today's verdict, Apple has announced that it will be suspending sales of the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus at its own stores in Germany, although "all iPhone models" will remain available to purchase through local carriers and retailers. The Cupertino giant called Qualcomm's actions a "desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies." It went on to claim that Qualcomm's tactics are "harming" both innovation and consumers.

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46 Comments

1. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Qualcomm is so jealous and desperate. They think that by owning a few unimportant patents here and there will grant them the full ownership of the mobile phone industry. All the players in it must pay the gods of Qualcomm every time when they ask for it.

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

People like you are truly blind, hypnotized by the fruit company with their crappy products! QC has the rights even if the patents are unimportant! Why do you think that fruit company suddenly wants to update the phones to avoid the patent? Yes they got caught that's why! Fruit company they cheat, lie and steal!

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Because when Apple was suing Samsung with BS like how icons look and rounded corners which are not essential for how the phone works, you was riding Apple jock to go after Samsung for all they can get. Now the tables are turned and Apple is being busted for stealing non-essential things, that still dont belong to them and you have an issue with it. Well, at least you're an open hypocrite. Qualcomm isnt trying to own the whole industry. They simply play a very key part in it. One that Apple won't ever have on this level because they dont make anything. And you and all your buddies are always so desperate to place a negative spin on the companies that are always a victim of Apple's continuous theft of others intellectual property. All you Apple fans are such trolling lowlifes.

10. Xavier1415

Posts: 207; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Well said

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31290; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn well said. Piyath is Apple programmed, the iPiyath.

22. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I was going to say essentially the same thing. We must also remember that Apple is the company that sued a grocery store over it's name because consumers might get "confused". I myself have never heard of anyone going to an Apple store expecting to buy a gallon of milk or to a grocery store to buy a computer. The hypocrisy is strong with Apple, actually that's probably true of most companies.

27. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Don't forget Apple Records. Apple told them that they (Apple) wouldn't get involved in the music industry to avoid getting sued.

42. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also Qualcomm only did this to Apple after they stopped paying their licensing fees in full And Apple stole Qualcomm's modem secrets and gave them to Intel. Worse yet now they are using those to build their own modem

5. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

well well well. look battle ss vs apple. slide to unlock and rectangle rounder. no important of the mobile phone industry.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4260; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No problems when Apple steals I see... Pretty much sums up their hardest core fans.

26. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Jealous and desperate?? That would be good terminology to describe Steve Jobs when he said he was going to "go thermal nuclear on Android".

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Good news, ban this cheating, stealing fruit company! Pay the money or get banned!

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4260; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"It went on to claim that Qualcomm's tactics are "harming" both innovation and consumers." No Apple. Stealing is. Do your due diligence as you would expect all the Chinese copiers to do...

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Right now the best thing that could happen to Apple, is every latest product gets banned from something Apple cant fix and they end up paying out billions. APPLE started this and now Karma is happening and this is just what they deserve. If Apple was to be relegated to a very small niche of 5% of the world mobile markets just like the Mac, it would hurt zero companies ies a d it would be the best for the industry. It's sad that Apple is now the most hated OEM in the industry, getting worse hate than Microsoft ever got. And that the only reason their company's do business with Apple is because their niche products make them money. But then when they dont sell, those same company's in many cases almost go out of business. Which is what you deserve when you put all your eggs in one basket.

9. Icent55

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

Karma......They started it, they threw the first stone....On samsung. Now its their turn

11. Xavier1415

Posts: 207; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

The first trillion dollar company can't pay a bill?

12. baldilocks

Posts: 1538; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The level of immaturity in the comments section just keeps increasing by the day. The hate that people have for inanimate objects is just plain stupid.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Why is hate when its truth. The first comment is just stupid and that is everyones point. He thinks its ok when apple steals patents but then he talks bad if a company he doesn't like gets in trouble for the same thing.

21. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The fact you Apple fans never have a good arguement when Apple is busted for stealing. Wait here is one better. Here is a fact. Every OEM has something they are using, which could be infringing in someone else's intellectual property. But as long as you ate paying for the parts you are buying, most dont make a big deal out of it. The only time they bring them up, is for a means of remedy for the fact you aren't paying doe something, so they have to go digging for something to countersue. Here is what you fans dont seem to get. Apple signed a contract to buy parts they request Qualcomm to make for them. Since parts made for iPhones cant be using in other products, if Apple decides not to pay then the OEM gets stuck with it. When you attain a mortgage and something happens with the house, you can't complain to the bank or not pay. Not paying means they will take it. Qualcomms only remedy for this contract is too sue Qpple and ban their products from sale so that Apple pays off what they asked for. Please explain to me how this is hate? You cant because it's not. QC has a legal right to seek remedy. Just like when you dont pay a bill in the US, company's here have ways to see remedy. Including suing you and doing things like asking the court to allow them to garnish your wages or take things you own so they can sell and get remedy for you not oaying. But because this is against Apple you call it hate? No a totally you all are the haters and the hypocrites a d it's no annoying that just because this is a company you like, you support them even when they are totally in the wrong. The maw is the law. Uts not personal, its business. And since none if your trolls own a business you cant see past your fanboy ignorance to just stand up and tell Apple they are wrong in how they are doing business. You a rather attack the victim. Just like the media does when certain folks go and kill or hurt other folks for no reason.

28. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

A company who is guilty of something and being punished and rightly so, you have a problem with the fact some people are happy to see it. Yet it's the same dogs who were happy to see it happen to someone else. So I see how it works. Tou all think what is good for the goose is not good for the gander. Well it doesn't work that way. When you do something illegal no matter what it is, you deserved to be punished by whatever means a court decides. And even if I advocate the ou ish or one of my own, you dont get to judge what my choice of punishment is. Just like I was attacked because I feel sole piece of crap person who walks on my property to steal something that was delivered for me, I said I feel someone should set a trap so that when a person steals, their hands are blown off their wrists. If you didnt steal itz you wouldn't have to worry. People have gotten killed for far less. I advocated a punishment that would be a true deterrent so if others try they will 2nd guess that maybe what they are stealing could potentially ruin their life. After all, what I have in that box could be some important tech gadget that is used to help save a life of a person in my home. Because you came and stole it, you could cause that person to lose their life for your selfish a tion. So yes I feel you should suffer a lose as well. You took from me and you should be punish.led. It's not about how big or small, or how cheap or costly. Stealing is a crime and you dont get to choose what punishment is fair or reasonable. Dont commit a crime, you have zero worries.

39. yalokiy

Posts: 1047; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I feel your pain baldilocks. Recently, I had a dream. It was year 2013, phonearena comments section. Nicknames included double or triple names. There were no troll comments from Android or Apple fans, nor anybody else. People expressed their opinions only about the device in question, without any positive or negative prejudices, but in an intelligent and respectful fashion. What a sweet dream it was...

41. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I agree. Because these fans have ginefrom treating tech as tools to improve life and bring fun, into some kind of trophy that means the must be rich and smart. It has become a sess pool for people who have an insatiable appetite to be superior to others and they use a stupid cheaply made product to try to exercise some type if power over others. Tech use to be fun. And then losers brought drama to it.

13. OneLove123

Posts: 1177; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Apple just needs to pay up and stop giving the run around.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31290; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Peaceboy to buy 387,986 iPhones this Saturday, to keep Apple's stock price up.

31. Oh_Juu_Eh

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 10, 2016

looooooooolllllllll.... coment of the day

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31290; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol right on.

51. Oh_Juu_Eh

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 10, 2016

i am huge fan of u bro.keep fighting

15. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Apple is paying in the same currency. The company is known to sue any company for any little thing. I hope it gets banned from the rest of the world.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

To be fair, that's largely stopped since Jobs passed away and Cook took over.

17. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Yes. APPLE. Qualcomm is pissed because you are using their tech a d are refusing to pay claiming they are charging you too much money. If you felt they were charging too much, why did you sign the contract? You signed it knowing you have the US court in your back pocket and you figure you sign now, take it to court later hoping to get a price drop which no court should be deciding. If you thought the price was unfair, what you were suppose to do was take QC to court before signing. The issue is, because Apple is unique with their own ecosystem, oems who make parts for them, those parts are not universal. They have to be specifically designed to work with Apple platform and thus in a situation where of Apple ends up cutting production. Those OEMS get stuck with components they cant use in any other device. Example, Apple bought a display from Samsung doe the iPhone X. When Apple cut production, any displays Samsung has already produced, are then tossed or stored in case Apple needs them again. But if not they are stuck with those, and Samsung won't get a full pay for those leftover. I'm sure they work out a solution where there is some layout, but not 100%. Which means these companies will lose a ton of m ok next even if it is less than what they earned. .because of this Apple is charged a higher price, because those parts need special production runs which also cost money. APPLE a company that charges as much as 5 times tonite customers what they pay for stuff or even more, is complaining someone is charging them to much because for each phone sale, Apple will take lesser ASP because of their payout. Apple has all this money, but cant make their own stuff. Wait, they can make it but doing so means far mess profits a d more overhead and Apple doesn't want this. Come on courts, ban the X and Xs mods too. They ain't sell well anyways. Apple is gonna be hurting pretty bad now with even mess model available to sell. Here they are stealing. Yes Apple QC is gonna prevent you from getting paid by having your infringing products banned because you refuse to pay for what you asked them to make for you, which is the true issue. Pay your Bill's Apple like we all have too do. If you own a home or car and you dont pay, they come and take it from you. In this case QC cant take so they have to get remedy some other way. I hope they find something to make the X and XS get banned too.

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