Qualcomm posts bonds to ban Apple iPhone sales in Germany

Apple set to pull some iPhones from its German stores...

Apple set to pull some iPhones from its German stores...

Qualcomm posted the bond with the court today says Reuters, meaning that the ban can now begin.

While Apple plans to appeal, German law allowed Qualcomm to ask for immediate enforcement, so long as it posted a court-set bond which would fund damages for Cupertino, should the appeal overturn the ban.

The court in the German city of Munich had ruled in favour of Qualcomm last month but said an injunction banning sales of affected iPhones could only be imposed immediately if the company put down a security deposit.

The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR models will still be available at Apple stores in the country.

The U.S. chipmaker posted bonds of 1.34 billion euros ($1.52 billion) as part of a legal requirement by a German court, which found on December 20 that Apple had infringed Qualcomm patents on power-saving technology used in smartphones.

Apple, however, sees the latter differently and announces that only in the 15 German Apple stores the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are no longer available, but their sale was already suspended two weeks ago anyway.

In its previous statement on the decision, Apple had said it would continue to offer all of its phones at thousands of retail and carrier locations across Germany, a direct contradiction to Qualcomm's interpretation of the order.

Ruting said that Apple had strong arguments for the German court's ruling to be reversed on appeal.

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"Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn't do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behaviour".

An Apple spokesman told AFP that it had been "disappointed" by the Munich ruling and would appeal.

The German case is Qualcomm's third major effort to secure a ban on Apple's lucrative iPhones over patent-infringement allegations after similar moves in the USA and China, and is part of a global patent spat between the two companies.

Qualcomm has not alleged that Intel chips violate its patents but claims that the way Apple implements them in the iPhone does.

Qualcomm did not respond to Apple's statements.

Technology firms often choose to litigate in Germany, alongside key markets such as China and the USA, because the German court system rules more quickly on patents than in many other countries.

Germany is also the largest market in Europe, with the potential to have a large knock-on impact on other countries within the EU.

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