Apple ordered to retract part of press release in Qualcomm case

A German court has ordered Apple to remove a section of their press release that claims that all iPhones will be available to purchase in the country through carriers and resellers, according to a Reuters report.

This is yet another win for Qualcomm in its legal battle against Apple after the German courts granted an injunction against Apple for alleged patent infringement in December.

Last week, Qualcomm obtained the preliminary injunction that prevents Apple from using a statement that it released to the press following the courts’ decision to cease the sale of iPhone 7 and 8 models in Germany.

At the time, Apple said that it would stop stocking its devices at its 15 retailer outlets in Germany, but those models remain available to customers through more than 4,300 carriers and resellers across the country.

This prompted a panel of three judges to rule that Apple’s statement was “misleading” as it gives customers and retailers the false impression of there being an unlimited availability of those phones in the country.

“The press release… is misleading as it contains statements that are at least potentially deceptive about the availability of the goods, namely the iPhones affected by the ruling,” a three-judge panel wrote in the latest ruling.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment on Friday (Jan. 18th). Qualcomm, meanwhile, said the “order speaks or itself”.


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