First Apple was dealt a blow as certain iPhone models were banned in Germany, and now the company has to retract a statement in a press release!
Bloomberg is reporting on Friday that, due to the legal battle with Qualcomm over patent and royalty disputes, Apple must retract a specific part of a press release it issued back in December of last year. Apple’s statement was meant as a follow-up due to the injunction against certain iPhone models in Germany, and said that iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models were still on sale in the region through third-party retailers. Apple did confirm it would not be selling the models that were ruled to infringe upon Qualcomm patents in its official retail stores.
Qualcomm apparently earned itself another injunction earlier this week because it was determined that the statement in the press release was “misleading”. The injunction against Apple also demanded Apple pull the products from resellers as well:
“Qualcomm Inc., which won an iPhone ban in December, on Thursday obtained a preliminary injunction stopping its rival from using a statement that Apple distributed to the press in response to the initial ruling. The court said Apple’s release was misleading because the December judgment also ordered Apple to recall the products from resellers, according to a copy of the decision obtained by Bloomberg News.”
Some of those resellers have indeed continued to sell the infringing iPhone models, so it will be interesting to see what happens next in the region. Apple, for its part, has followed the orders handed down by the court in Germany, pulling sales of the iPhone models in its physical retail stores and online.
Of course, you can still buy the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max if you are so inclined.
Despite the ongoing legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple, it was recently reported that Apple may still tap Qualcomm for 5G modems in the iPhones planned for a 2020 launch. If that is indeed the case, the two companies are going to need to settle their issues sooner rather than later.