German court finds Apple infringed on Qualcomm’s hardware patent

The court verdict will remain pending if Apple were to go on appeal. Qualcomm has also received a similar ruling from a court in China.

A German court ruled has ruled that Apple Inc has infringed on Qualcomm Inc’s hardware patent and said, Cupertino can no longer sell some of its iPhone models in Germany since they contain a particular component.

According to judge Matthias Zigann, the ruling will remain pending if Apple was to appeal the verdict.

Qualcomm’s filing this case in Germany is it third major effort to secure a ban on the sale of Apple’s iPhones; it has also filed patent infringement cases against Apple in China and in the United States. A Chinese court has also ruled in its favour and has banned the sale of some iPhones earlier this month.

In its German court action, Qualcomm is seeking a ban on iPhones which use chips from Intel Corp. The German ruling states, phones that contain a combination of chips from Intel and Qorvo Inc, violate Qualcomm’s patents that revolve around an envelope tracking mechanism that enable mobile phones to save battery while sending and receiving wireless signals.

Neither Qorvo, Intel, or Apple were immediately available for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.

The case is part of a broader court conflict between the U.S. companies. Apple has alleged that Qualcomm has engaged in anti-competitive business practices to protect its monopoly on modem chips.

Incidentally, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has sued Qualcomm over its business practices. The case is set to go to trial in California next month.

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