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Apple trumps Qualcomm in latest legal ruling

01 FEB 2019

Apple picked up a win in an ongoing legal spat with Qualcomm, after a German court rejected four out of eight infringement claims.

A district court found no infringement of the patents, related to on-device search, although it noted the judgement is not final. In the case of the four other claims, no final decision was reached, with Qualcomm having the opportunity to comment on a recently-issued missive from the European Patent Office (EPO).

Specialist website FOSS Patents explained the EPO’s findings mean Qualcomm’s remaining claims may also be set to fail.

There has been some toing and froing between Apple and Qualcomm in their legal disputes including a high-profile win for Qualcomm in Germany, which saw restrictions placed on the sale of some iPhones. But it is not clear if this created a material problem for Apple.

Apple also had a recent win in the country.

Perhaps the most important battle between Apple and Qualcomm is that of the US Federal Trade Commission, which completed a hearing this week. It is not clear when a decision in this case will be made.

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