According to reports, after Qualcomm announced the issuance of 1.34 billion euros of guaranteed bonds to implement Germany’s initial ban on Apple’s iPhone, Apple has stopped selling iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in Germany.
Currently, these four iPhones are no longer available for ordering through the Apple Online Store in Germany, and all 15 Apple retail stores in Germany have stopped selling. The latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR models are not affected by the ban and can still be purchased at Apple’s online store.
If Apple successfully appeals, Qualcomm’s equivalent of $1.5 billion in guaranteed bonds will be used to cover sales losses. Qualcomm said Apple was also ordered to recall infringing iPhones from third-party dealers in Germany, but according to TechCrunch and Reuters, some German dealers are still selling iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.
Apple and Qualcomm are launching a major legal battle across multiple countries. The dispute between the two companies began in early 2017, when Apple sued Qualcomm, claiming that Qualcomm detained the $1 billion worth of patent royalties that it had promised to return. A few days before that, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Qualcomm for abusing its dominance in the smartphone chip market.
Qualcomm defends itself by saying that innovation is at the heart of every iPhone, and that their patents enable the most important uses and functions of these devices, adding that Qualcomm is trying to charge Apple’s innovations for patent licenses not related to Qualcomm technology. The argument is totally untrue.”
Last year, Qualcomm also accused Apple of issuing misleading statements, sharing its trade secrets with Intel, and many other violations. Qualcomm had sought similar bans on the iPhone in the US and China, but none of them succeeded. Last month, a Chinese court issued a ban on some iPhones for infringement of patent rights. Apple has made some adjustments to iOS 12.1.2 to address these patent issues and continue to sell all models of iPhone in China.