Apple will be barred from selling certain iPhone models in Germany, after a court ruled that Apple was infringing on a Qualcomm patent. The issue seemingly stems from the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPhone X models using chips from Intel and Qorvo.
"Qualcomm's goal is not to vindicate its intellectual property rights, but rather to drive competition out of the market for premium modem chips, and to defend a business model that ultimately harms consumers", Rodgers said.
Apple went on to add, "Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn't do".
"We are of course disappointed by this verdict and we plan to appeal", reads Apple's statement.
Given that Apple can appeal the initial ruling, the court said the injunction banning sales of affected iPhones could only be imposed immediately if Qualcomm laid down a security deposit amounting to 668.4 million euros (S$1.04 billion).
The District Court of Munich ruled in favour of Qualcomm, deciding that Apple had infringed a hardware patent of the United States chipmaker, Reuters reports.
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It's hard to know at this point which way things are going to come down: whether Apple will be vindicated and Qualcomm ruined, or Qualcomm's IP rights upheld and Apple punished for trying to screw it. As a result of the imminent appeal, the injunction will not go into immediate effect. Qualcomm also confirmed that Apple had requested the court for a stay on the injunction, but the request was, however, denied.
The technology giant did say, however, that all of its phone models would still be available from mobile phone carriers and resellers. Qualcomm claimed that Apple violated two of its patents. Intel and Qorvo provided the chips in the alleged infringing devices, CNBC said.
The two USA companies are locked in a worldwide dispute over licensing fees Qualcomm charges for use of technology the chipmaker says underpins all modern phone systems.
For now, Qualcomm has yet to issue a statement, and it's unlikely to do so at this stage of the trial.
Qualcomm sued Apple in the regional court in Munich in July a year ago, seeking an injunction to halt some iPhone sales in Germany as well as monetary damages.