German court dismisses four Qualcomm infringement suits against Apple

German court dismisses four Qualcomm infringement suits against Apple
According to the Wall Street Journal, a regional court in Munich today, tossed four patent infringement suits that Qualcomm had filed against Apple. The patents were related to search capabilities on the Apple iPhone, and there are still another four search-related patent suits that are awaiting the court's disposition. You might recall that last month, the very same court ruled against Apple in a separate infringement suit filed by Qualcomm, and issued a sales ban preventing Apple from selling the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in the country.

Earlier this month, a regional court in Mannheim tossed another patent infringement suit filed by Qualcomm against Apple. That suit was called "groundless" by the court and thrown out. However, a decision is expected soon on a second case filed in Mannheim that once again alleges that Apple infringed on a Qualcomm patent.

In addition, Qualcomm is asking the court in Munich to fine Apple for not fully complying with the German sales ban. The chip maker pointed out that Apple's press release following that legal defeat says that despite the ban, the affected iPhone models would still be available from other retailers. Today, a Qualcomm spokesman said that Apple "obviously don’t (sic) consider themselves bound by the injunction" and deserves to be fined as a result. Earlier this month, Qualcomm received a preliminary injunction that blocks Apple from using the aforementioned press release because it makes it sound as though retailers and carriers have unlimited supplies of the banned models.

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10 Comments

1. monkeyb

Posts: 409; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Haters : Apple used their money and bribed German judges. Apple stole and Apple has “signed” some agreement. Apple needs to burn. :P

2. toukale

Posts: 624; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Qualcomm is trying hard to get Apple to come to the table. They are buying patents and throwing them against the wall to see if it sticks. What happened to their radio/modern patents? It’s only a matter of time before their house burns down with their double dipping scheme.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6739; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Qualcomm is just too valuable to the industry for them to burn. Apple on the other hand...most of the globe won't be affected if they were to suddenly disappear.

6. apple-rulz

Posts: 2028; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I realize you’re here simply to troll, but lyndon420 even you can’t be so stupid as to believe that Apple suddenly disappearing wouldn’t have great financial consequences to many areas and different companies.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6739; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You realize that I say these things to trigger you lol.

10. shm224

Posts: 284; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

It probably won't be overnight, but still. How many of us remember Motorola Startac or Blackberry's? Both companies had billions in cash, but with declining revenue, when they suddendly disappeared.

9. shm224

Posts: 284; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

It's not surprising that QCOM got only one injunction on Apple iPhones so far. Germany's legal standard is much higher than that of the US -- remember Apple? The German courts tossed away and invalidated all of Apple's numerous claims against Samsung. QCOM can't use their wireless SEPs to get injunction -- only in a extreme case of reverse hold-up, can QCOM ask for one. Oh boy. what double-dipping? QTL, Qualcomm's licensing subsidiary, and QTC, chipmaking subsidiary, are two different business units.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just get Qualcomm modems back in the iPhone. I don't give a crap about the legal battles, Intel modems suck, and cramp data dependability.

5. Vancetastic

Posts: 1111; Member since: May 17, 2017

“I just found out that my iPhone X has an Intel modem, and I never have problem”. LOL.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're lucky bro. I have data issues a lot with mine.

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