A Win For Qualcomm: Apple Stopped Selling iPhone 7 And iPhone 8 In Germany

After Qualcomm announced the issuance of 1.34 billion euros of security bonds to implement Germany's preliminary injunction on Apple's iPhones, Apple has then stopped selling iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in Germany, as the company found to be infringing Qualcomm patents related to power savings technology in smartphones.

Currently, these four iPhones are no longer available for purchase via the Apple online store in Germany, and all 15 Apple retail stores in Germany have stopped selling it. The latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR models are not affected by the verdict and can still be purchased at Apple.

However, if Apple successfully appeals, Qualcomm's equivalent of $1.5 billion in security bonds will be used to cover sales losses. Qualcomm said Apple was also ordered to recall infringing iPhones from third-party resellers in Germany, but some German resellers are still selling iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

Apple and Qualcomm are launching a major legal battle across multiple countries. The dispute between the two companies began in early 2017, when Apple sued Qualcomm, claiming that Qualcomm detained the $1 billion worth of patent royalties that it had promised to return. Qualcomm defends itself by saying that it collects royalties is untrue. Qualcomm also accused Apple of issuing misleading statements, sharing its trade secrets with Intel, and many other violations.

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