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VOL. 42 | NO. 51 | Friday, December 21, 2018

Apples pulls iPhone 7, 8 from German stores in patent spat

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BERLIN (AP) — Apple is pulling older models of its iPhone from German stores after losing two patent cases brought by chipmaker Qualcomm, the company said Thursday.

A regional court in Munich ruled that Apple and its subsidiaries had breached a European patent held by San Diego-based Qualcomm, which has pursued similar cases in other jurisdictions.

"Qualcomm's campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies," Apple said in a statement.

"Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers," it said. "Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn't do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behavior."

Apple said that pending its appeal, the sale of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will be halted at its 15 own-brand stores in Germany. The company noted, however, that all iPhone models remain available for sale from cellphone carriers and resellers in the country.

The Munich court said Apple is "banned from offering or distributing unlicensed" devices that use the disputed patent, which regulates the amount of energy provided to the phones' telecom chips.

Apple said the iPhone X, which was also mentioned in the verdict, has since been replaced by a newer model.

The court also ruled that Qualcomm should receive unspecified damages from Apple.

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