German court calls second Qualcomm suit against Apple "groundless" and dismisses the case
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.
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.Besides the aforementioned law suit, Qualcomm had sued Apple in Germany for allegedly infringing on another Qualcomm patent.
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.