Thursday January 03, 2019

Qualcomm Posts $1.5 billion Bond to Stop Some German iPhone Sales

VentureBeat reports that Qualcomm posted about $1.5 billion in security bonds to enforce a ban on certain iPhones in Germany. Qulacomm won the case late last month, but had to pay this bond to actually enforce the ban. Apple recently ran into similar legal trouble in China, but that order only affected retail iPhones running old, outdated software, and VentureBeat didn't elaborate on how far this German court order goes. However, Qualcomm allegedly sees their case in China as a gateway to legal action against newer devices, and its possible that they have the same idea in this German case.

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According to the court order, Apple has to stop the sale, offer for sale and importation for sale of all infringing iPhones in Germany. Apple had said it was appealing the decision, but the order goes into effect as soon as Qualcomm posts the bond. The court also ordered Apple to recall infringing iPhones from third party resellers in Germany, according to a statement by Qualcomm.