German court calls second Qualcomm suit against Apple "groundless" and dismisses the case

German court calls second Qualcomm suit against Apple
Back on December 20th, a court in Munich ordered a sales ban on certain Apple iPhone models after ruling that the company had infringed on a Qualcomm patent. While Apple is no longer selling the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at Apple Stores located in the country, resellers and carriers continue to offer these handsets.

Besides the aforementioned law suit, Qualcomm had sued Apple in Germany for allegedly infringing on another Qualcomm patent. According to Reuters, Apple fared much better with this suit as a regional court in Mannheim dismissed the case this morning, calling it "groundless." The court said that Apple did not infringe on Qualcomm's intellectual property when it installed Qualcomm's chips inside Phone models.


Qualcomm, which said that it would appeal the decision, has a bigger problem on its hands. Judge Lucy Koh will eventually make a ruling once the currently running FTC v. Qualcomm trial concludes. The suit goes right to the core of Qualcomm's business practices, especially how it sells its chips to phone manufacturers. The chip maker's "no license, no chips" policy could be shot down by Judge Koh; the company says that it needs those license fees for research and development.

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7 Comments

1. Agniputra

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 06, 2018

Qualcomm feeling the heat..

3. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nah Koh Is reasonable judge and licencing fees are a normal thing , trust me Qualcomm wins this one

7. shm224

Posts: 306; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Koh has already ruled in a pre-trial that Qualcomm must license to baseband makers, contrary to the industry practice. Judge Gilstrap in the ED of Texas ruled last SEP holders aren't required to license at component level, directly challenging Koh's pre-trial decision. There must a good reason why the FTC filed the lawsuit at the 11 hour of a new administration and Apple's hometown in the Northern District court, not the Southern where Qualcomm is located.

2. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Those damn Qualcomm guys....want payment for their products.....who do they think they are? Apple?

4. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

"We regret Qualcomm’s use of the court to divert attention from their illegal behavior that is the subject of multiple lawsuits and proceedings around the world." QC has all right to file a lawsuit against Apple if their IP was actually stolen. But looking at everything, it feels that they are trying hard to divert attention from real issues. I just hope courts won't get influenced by other courts ruling and give out fair verdicts no matter who wins.

5. torr310

Posts: 1708; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Apple will not lower the iphone prices even if Qualcomm didn't charge them that much fee.

6. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Qualcomm will be a thing in the past when apple started developing their own chip which will be faster and efficient.

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