A German court ruled that Apple Inc. violated a hardware patent right of Qualcomm Inc. Under the ruling, Apple could be barred from selling some of its iPhone models in Germany, particularly those that use chips from Intel and parts from another supplier, Qorvo. Apple will have a chance to appeal the ruling.
Apple mentioned that while the appeal process is underway, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models would not be sold in its 15 retail stores in Germany. But its latest models, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR will still be sold there, according to Apple’s statement. Carriers and other third-party retailers in Germany would still be able to sell all iPhone models, the iPhone maker said.
The German court’s ruling is chipmaker Qualcomm’s third major attempt, after allegations it made in China and the U.S., at securing a ban on Apple’s iPhones over patent infringement charges. A Chinese court had earlier this month ordered a ban on some iPhone sales, following a similar allegation put forth by Qualcomm.