The Munich state court has dismissed four patent lawsuits from Qualcomm against the iPhone manufacturer, Apple. With a search function for previous operating systems, Apple’s not hurting at least a part of the Software patents from Qualcomm. The presiding judge announced.

In the trial, the two groups fought to the search function “Spotlight” as well as “Siri & Find”. Qualcomm had sued because Apple was so from his point of view against four of its patents.

In two of these patents, the presiding judge dismissed the action. In the case of the other two, he announced that the oral tradition will be discussed. A preliminary assessment of the European patent office has yet to be taken into account. The judgment is not yet final.

processes before several courts

The Munich state court on negotiating for a year about the patent dispute between Apple and Qualcomm. The two U.S. companies, litigating in China, the USA and the UK against each other.

Apple accuses Qualcomm to high license fees and supplies, in the meantime, many of the Smartphones with Intel Chips. Qualcomm sued Apple in front of many courts – in Germany, not only in Munich but also in Mannheim – with the accusation of patent infringement. In Mannheim, Germany Apple was last.

In December, the Munich court had forbidden Apple in another method, the sale of the iPhone model series 7, 8 and X in Germany and Qualcomm for damages for patent infringement awarded. Then it went to a Qualcomm technology, which adjusts the power consumption of the smartphone is better and the battery life is extended. Apple appealed against the judgment.


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