The protracted battle between Qualcomm and Apple took an interesting turn yesterday in Germany. A district court in Munich overturned four of the eight patent claims the chip maker won in December, giving Apple a bit of a reprieve. The court ruled that the four patents in questions, which have to do with Siri and Spotlight searches, do not infringe on the patents held by Qualcomm.
The news comes at a good time for Apple who is currently banned from selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in the country. While this ruling doesn’t necessarily change that sales ban, it is a victory for Apple.
The case in Germany is part of a large legal battle between the two companies that began back in 2017. It started with Apple suing Qualcomm over nearly $1 billion in rebates as they claimed the chip maker was “double dipping” on fees. Qualcomm counter sued over the money that they say Apple owes them in fees, which totals about $1 billion. There have been various court battles in Germany and China on patent infringements but the big court date is April 15, 2019. That is when the two tech giants meet in court in San Diego. The case will take months and no matter the outcome, appeals will be made, but it should be the final(ish) chapter in the saga.