Qualcomm is taking this iPhone ban very, very seriously, especially in Germany where Apple can’t wiggle out of it as easily as it could in China.
Qualcomm announced on Thursday that it has posted the required security bonds to enforce the permanent injunction against Apple’s iPhone in Germany. To date, Qualcomm has posted €1.34 billion (about U.S. $1.5 billion) in security bonds. This is a response to the court order handed down to Apple from a German court in late December, which plants a sales and import ban on select iPhone models.
“Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that it has posted security bonds totaling €1.34 billion (Euros). The bonds are required for Qualcomm to be able to enforce the remedies ordered by the Court on December 20, 2018, after the Court found that Apple is infringing Qualcomm’s patented power savings technology used in smartphones. Apple was ordered to cease the sale, offer for sale and importation for sale of all infringing iPhones in Germany. The Court also ordered Apple to recall infringing iPhones from third party resellers in Germany.”
The aforementioned German court ruled that select iPhone models infringe upon Qualcomm patents related to power savings technologies used in smartphones. This is a hardware-based patent infringement case, which makes it much, much harder for Apple to address. In a similar case in China, Qualcomm’s infringement case is based on software, which Apple addressed with the release of iOS 12.1.2 late last year.
It has been almost a year since Apple sued Qualcomm for anticompetitive practices. The two companies have been going back-and-forth for months now, and it does not appear that there is going to be a resolution anytime soon.
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