Jan 3, 2019

Apple ordered to pull iPhones from 15 stores in Germany

Apple has been ordered to remove some iPhone models from its 15 stores in Germany over a patent dispute with chip giant Qualcomm. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR models will still be available at Apple stores in the country. In early December, Qualcomm won an injunction against Apple that also banned the sale of some iPhone models in China, ranging from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone X. That ban was the result of a different dispute concerning software patents. Apple said all of its iPhone models remained on sale in China, following a software update from Apple and pending a further legal ruling there. Qualcomm's executive vice president and general counsel Don Rosenberg said in December: "Two respected courts in two different jurisdictions just in the past two weeks have now confirmed the value of Qualcomm's patents and declared Apple an infringer, ordering a ban on iPhones in the important markets of Germany and China."

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