Investigative dive: Apple or 3400 distributors cannot sell 7 or 8
Qualcomm has posted a bond to enforce an iPhone 7 / 8 Germany ban and affecting immediately Apple or its 3400 distributors which are not allowed to sell, distributive or import iPhone 7 or 8 and plus variants of both. Apple has been in dispute with Qualcomm over licensing and lost the hardware patent case in a German court in Munich on December 20th, 2018. After Qualcomm posted a bond, the permanent injunction is immediately enforceable.
Deeper dive: Germany can even arrest executives
Last week’s ruling in a district court in Munich, Germany is about a hardware patent named tracking envelope and it affects the iPhone 7, 8 and 8 Plus. This is a tough defeat for Apple as while it can issue an OS update and remove the features in software and fix the China ruling, it cannot stop using Qualcomm hardware patents in German phones.
Investigation: Ban stays during 10 days “appeal”
Monday was a busy day for both Apple and Qualcomm as the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China has granted Qualcomm’s request for two preliminary injunctions against four Chinese subsidiaries of Apple Inc., ordering them to immediately cease infringing upon two Qualcomm patents through the unlicensed importation, sale and offers for sale in China of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Qualcomm patent infringement
Today is a big day in the tech industry especially for Qualcomm and Apple as after years of legal battle, a Chinese court decided that Apple is infringing two Qualcomm’s patents, resulting in the immediate ban of import and sale and offers for sale for various phones.
The war continues
Nvidia is in the middle of a legal battle against Samsung and Qualcomm over seven GPU patents. Now a judge has given Samsung and Qualcomm a get out of jail free card over two out of seven patents.
Motorola might have a case
Appeal possible though
Dutch court confirms earlier decision
Patents just got even sillier