A regional German court in the city of Mannheim has dismissed a patent lawsuit filed by Qualcomm against Apple. The court claimed the suit was groundless and that Apple did not violate any of Qualcomm’s patents by “the installation of its chips in Apple’s smartphones.”
Qualcomm says that it disagrees with the decision of the Mannheim’s court and that it will appeal against the decision.
“Apple has a history of infringing our patents,” said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s executive vice president and general counsel. “While we disagree with the Mannheim court’s decision and will appeal, we will continue to enforce our (intellectual property) rights against Apple worldwide.”
Qualcomm had previously been handed over a win in a separate patent case against Apple by the Munich court. The preliminary junction from the court forced Apple to stop the import and sales of the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus in Germany across its 15 retail outlets. These models, however, continue to remain on sale through third-party resellers and carriers in the country. The Cupertino company has already appealed against the decision in a higher court.
To enforce the sales ban, Qualcomm has even put aside €1.34 billion in security bonds in case the decision is overturned. The bond amount will be used to make up for the sales loss suffered by Apple due to the preliminary injunction.
The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple has only grown worse with time. Qualcomm did manage to secure a sales ban on specific iPhone models in China and Germany but despite that, Apple shows no signs of backing down in the fight.[Via Reuters]