According to Reuters, a patent lawsuit filed by Qualcomm against Apple was thrown out by a German court on Tuesday, January 15, in a reversal for the US chipmaker after it won a recent court ban on the sale of some iPhones in the country.
The regional court in the city of Mannheim dismissed the Qualcomm suit as groundless in an initial verbal decision, stating the patent in question was not violated by the installation of its chips in Apple’s smartphones.
“We are happy with the decision and thank the court for their time and diligence,” Apple said in a statement.
“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.”
Qualcomm, waging a worldwide patent battle with Apple, announced it would appeal after winning a separate case before a court in Munich in December that enabled it to enforce a ban on the sale of older iPhones in Germany.
“Apple has a history of infringing our patents,” said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s executive vice president and general counsel.
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