INTERNATIONAL – US chipmaker Qualcomm took steps to enforce a court order banning the sale of some iPhone models in Germany, a move that will likely see Apple pull those models from its German stores.
A spokesman for Gravis, Germany’s biggest reseller of Apple products which is owned by telecoms company Freenet, on Friday said it still had all Apple products on sale, including the iPhone 7 and 8 models.
Qualcomm a day earlier posted bonds of 1.34 billion euros ($1.5 billion) as part of a legal requirement by a German court, which found on Dec. 20 that Apple had infringed Qualcomm patents on power-saving technology used in smartphones.
Apple had earlier said it would pull iPhone 7 and 8 models from its 15 retail stores in Germany when the order came into force. That order took effect when Qualcomm posted the bonds.
Apple declined to comment on Qualcomm’s most recent move on Thursday.
The German case is Qualcomm’s third major effort to secure a ban on Apple’s lucrative iPhones over patent infringement allegations after similar moves in the United States and China and is part of a global patent spat between the two companies.