German court dismisses case against Apple by Qualcomm

German court dismisses case against Apple by Qualcomm 1
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In the ongoing tussle between Apple and Qualcomm, Qualcomm patent lawsuit was dismissed in a German court who found the case bereft of merit.

A report by Reuters states that a regional court in Mannheim dismissed the case as groundless in an initial verbal decision, saying the patent in question was not violated by the installation of its chip in Apple’s smartphones.

Qualcomm which is fighting several cases against Apple globally expressed that they will appeal the verdict.

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Apple is already facing iPhone ban as per a Berlin court verdict

Apple and Qualcomm locked in several legal battles across the globe

This follows another case in Germany where a Berlin-based court banned the sales of certain iPhone models that it found were infringing the Qualcomm patents, a decision which was pending till Qualcomm deposited a bond of $1.5 billion.

Qualcomm did deposit the requisite bond to enforce the ban which led to Apple pulling out iPhone 7 & 8 from the shelves in Germany, however, Apple did state its intention to appeal the ruling.

Qualcomm also won a case in China where a court Apple guilty of infringing the patents owned by Qualcomm. While Apple claims can be remedied by a software patch while Qualcomm claims that a software patch is not sufficient and are locked in a battle in the court.

With Apple’s shares losing 40% of its value since October 2018, its revenue forecast lowered and iPhone production cut by 10% in first quarter of 2019, it is struggling to compete in a market which is reaching a peak, specially for the premium market which has rejected Apple’s iPhone XR, a top end phone that costs over $1,100.

Source: Reuters

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