The District Court of Munich has ruled that some iPhone models are infringing Qualcomm’s patents. As a result, the company has been instructed to stop the sales of older iPhone models in German stores.
As an official blog post on Qualcomm’s website notes, the injunction granted by the court is permanent. It further adds that Apple is liable to pay monetary damages and the exact amount will be decided later.
To be precise, the devices affected by the ruling are iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus; newer models like iPhone XS and iPhone XR remain unaffected.
On the other hand, Apple has acknowledged the removal of iPhones from stores. However, devices remain available via third parties. Just like China, Apple has again said that it’ll appeal against the injunction.
Apple has also issued an official statement, which says: “Qualcomm’s campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies.”
Earlier, in China, Apple pushed a software update that changed some animations in order to take care of the issue. However, the latest ruling is probably related to a hardware issue — so, fixing it seems like a bigger challenge for Apple.