Kualcomm received an order to ban some of the iPhone models in Germany, a decision that gives the chip maker a new weapon in its long and bitter Apple licensing fight just 10 days after winning a similar trial in China.
Kualcomm would have to deposit a US $ 765 million bond to enforce the precautionary measure. Apple, which can appeal, violates intellectual property related to the energy-saving function of hardware, said court president Matthias Zigann, delivering the decision Thursday in Munich.
Two companies in the United States are involved in a global dispute over license fees that Kualcomm charges for the use of technology that, according to the chip maker, supports all modern telephone systems. Apple claims that its former provider has unfairly exploited its position as the largest smartphone chip supplier to force payments. Kualcomm replied that Apple uses its intellectual property without paying for it.
Apple and Kualcomm are fighting intellectual property that includes wireless networks and devices. Apple accused Kualcomm of illegally collecting licenses. The chip maker uses other patents that cover some aspects of the phone's operating mode to attack again. The company used the usual tactics in the industry to seek the ban on products that could be hurt in order to try to make an agreement.
Thursday's decision is the first win in Germany, the largest European economy, and victory will add to Kualcomm's leverage in the dispute. The chip maker has submitted 13 cases in the country. One of them was denied. The victory is now increasing pressure on Apple after hitting it earlier this month in China.
Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court ruled ten days ago that Apple violated two Kualcomm patents and issued an appeal against the sale of iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, said last week, a San Diego chip maker, California.
The Munich decision does not list the affected models, but describes the technology used by Apple that exceeds Intel's intellectual property Kualcomm. The chip maker has indicated that the iPhone 6 to 10 models use patents raised in the case of Munich