Monday , January 18 2021

Apple pulls iPhones from German stores in patent spat

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Apple is pulling old models of its iPhone from German stores after losing two patent cases.

A regional court in Munich ruled that Apple and its subsidiaries had violated a European patent held by San Diego-based Qualcomm, which has pursued similar cases in other jurisdictions.

"Qualcomm's campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from real issues in our companies," Apple said in a statement. "Their tactics, in the courts and in their daily business, are harming innovation and harming consumers.

"Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they did not do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behavior."

Apple said that pending its appeal, the sale of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will be halted at its 15 own-brand stores in Germany.

The company noted, however, that all iPhone models are available for sale from mobile phone carriers and country in resellers.

The Munich court said that Apple is "prohibited from offering or distributing unlicensed" devices that use the disputed patent, which regulates the amount of energy.

Apple said the iPhone X, which was also mentioned in the verdict, has since been replaced by a newer model.

The court also ruled that Qualcomm should get unspecified damages from Apple

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