A German court has ruled that Apple didn’t infringe on a Qualcomm hardware patent, declaring that the iPhone isn’t violating any of Qualcomm’s power management patents. The judge ruled the suit in question groundless, declaring that Apple’s iPhone wasn’t standing in violation in an initial verbal ruling.
A full filing with rationale is expected in the future.
The patent in question, EP2360270, covers power management in transistors, dates back to 2009, and was allegedly used without licensing for power management in the iPhone. Qualcomm alleged that a wide array of iPhone’s, up to and including the iPhone 8, were standing in violation of the patent.
“Apple has a history of infringing our patents,” said Qualcomm’s executive vice president and general counsel Don Rosenberg. “
While we disagree with the Mannheim court’s decision and will appeal, we will continue to enforce our (intellectual property) rights against Apple worldwide.
The ruling on Tuesday has no impact on the previous ban, already in place.