Apple has stopped the sales of iPhone 7 and 8 from its Greman stores and websites, followed by a decision issued by a Munich District court last month. The case was related to the Qualcomm patent dispute which said that these two models were infringing on Qualcomm’s intellectual property related to smartphone management technology used to extend the battery life.
In December, Munich court gives their verdict in favor of Qualcomm and said that Apple violates its patented power-saving technology in the two models grant a permanent injunction. Therefore, the court ordered the company to cease the sale of iPhone 7 and 8. Yesterday, Qualcomm announced they posted a total amount of security bond €1.34BN required by the court to enable the injunction given by the court on December 20 to be enforced.
The security bonds are needed to cover potential damages subjected by Apple in order to change the verdict on appeal. Moreover, an Apple germen site confirms the ceased sale of the phone, only the new iPhone XS, XR, and XS Max is available and iPhone 7 and 8 was not present.
“Qualcomm patent dispute is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies. Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers. 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 behavior,” said Apple.
“We are of course disappointed by this verdict and we plan to appeal. All iPhone models remain available to customers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany. During the appeal process, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will not be available at Apple’s 15 retail stores in Germany. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR will remain available in all our stores.”