Qualcomm’s latest iPhone patent suit disagreed as groundless in German courtJanuary 15, 2019
The Qualcomm had filled patent lawsuit against Apple arguing Intel -powered iPhones infringed a transistor switch patent it holds. But in an initial verbal decision the court in Mannheim, Germany disagreed as groundless. Qualcomm has said it will appeal.
Qualcomm’s executive VP, said: “Apple has a history of infringing our patents. Only last month the Munich Regional Court affirmed the value of another of Qualcomm’s cutting-edge patents against Apple’s infringement and ordered a ban on the import and sale of impacted iPhones in Germany. That decision followed a Court-ordered ban on patent-infringing iPhones in China as well as recognition by an ITC judge that Apple is infringing Qualcomm’s IP. The Mannheim court interpreted one aspect of our patent very narrowly, saying that because a voltage inside a part of an iPhone wasn’t constant the patent wasn’t infringed. We strongly disagree and will appeal.”
As a reply Apple said “We are happy with the decision and thank the court for their time and diligence. We regret Qualcomm’s use of the court to divert attention from their illegal behavior that is the subject of multiple lawsuits and proceedings around the world.”
Cupertino has also filed a billion-dollar royalty lawsuit accusing Qualcomm of charging for patents “they have nothing to do with”.