German court tosses four of eight Qualcomm patent suits against Apple

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A Munich district court on Thursday rejected four out of eight local lawsuits brought against Apple by Qualcomm, granting the iPhone maker at least a temporary victory.

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Siri and Spotlight search features don't infringe on the flagged Qualcomm patents in those cases, the court said in an announcement. The ruling isn't final however, and a decision has yet to be made on the four other suits, which also involve Siri and Spotlight.

Earlier this month a Mannheim judge tossed another case against Apple involving power management in transistors. Qualcomm is in the appeals process there and could make a similar move in Munich.

Apple is currently subject to a ban of the iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany, ordered in December in response to accusations that one of its suppliers, Qorvo, was violating an "envelope tracking" patent. Apple has reportedly been skirting the injunction by letting independent resellers continue -- Qualcomm recently protested, calling for heavy fines as punishment.

The two businesses are engaged in a worldwide legal battle that kicked off in 2017 when Apple sued over nearly $1 billion in rebates it said were withheld as retaliation for cooperation with antitrust investigators. Private lawsuits are ongoing around the world and various government bodies have engaged in their own actions. A trial brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Qualcomm, with Apple's help, concluded earlier this week.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,704member
    And the beat goes on.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,971member
    QualCumm can eat shtz...;((
    doctwelvewatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 6
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,808member
    German court tosses Qualcomm out. Waiting for outcome of FTC case against Qualcomm.
    jbdragonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,424member
    Four down... four to go... Waiting for the FTC to hand QC its backside... I bet QC is beginning to feel the heat right now... 
    edited February 1 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6

    I'm cautiously optimistic. We were pretty sure that Samsung would have its ass handed to it and we were pretty sure Oracle would win against Google.

    It's never over until it's over.

    beowulfschmidtwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 6

    I'm cautiously optimistic. We were pretty sure that Samsung would have its ass handed to it and we were pretty sure Oracle would win against Google.

    It's never over until it's over.

    And even then, it ain't over.  :s
    llamawatto_cobra
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