Qualcomm Gets an Edge Over Apple in Licensing Battle in Germany

A single statement in a press release invited legal troubles for Apple as the phone maker mentioned the availability of iOS devices in Germany even as the Munich court banned Apple from distributing some versions of iPhone in the country.

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm resurfaced after the former mentioned in its press release that all iPhones would be available in Germany through phone companies and resellers.

Qualcomm raised concerns as Apple used this part even after the company was banned from distributing some versions of the device in Germany.

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Apple Ordered to Edit Its Press Release Following a Munich Court Order

In December last year, the global chip maker Qualcomm had won an iPhone ban. On this Thursday, Qualcomm sought a preliminary injunction preventing Apple from using a statement that iPhone maker distributed to the press in response to the initial order.

The Munich court held that Apple’s press release was misleading as the judgment issued in December also ordered the Cupertino based company to recall the products from resellers. Bloomberg News got a copy of this decision.

In the court order, a panel of judges mentioned, “The press release is misleading because it contains statements that are at least potentially deceptive about the availability of the goods. The statement conveys the impression of unlimited availability.”

In this licensing battle, Qualcomm got an edge over Apple as the chipmaker was granted an injunction that banned sales of iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X in Germany.

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However, Apple furnished a smart reply in its subsequent press release as the tech giant said that Apple’s iPhones would be available at mobile phone companies and resellers in 4,300 outlets in Germany. Apple won’t be selling its devices in its stores.

When Bloomberg asked for any comment from Apple, the company didn’t respond to emails and calls. A Qualcomm spokesperson said that the order “speaks for itself.”

Signing off…

Apple has long been involved in legal issues with Qualcomm as the latter had leveled allegations about patent infringement on the phone maker. For the same reason, Qualcomm dragged Apple into the court in China, where authorities banned iPhone sales.

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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