Munich court tells Apple to retract portion of press statement regarding iPhone case

“Apple Inc. was ordered to stop using part of a press release that claims all iPhones would still be available in Germany through phone companies and resellers after it was banned from distributing several versions of the device in the country.,” Karin Matussek reports for Bloomberg.

“Qualcomm Inc., which won an iPhone ban in December, on Thursday obtained a preliminary injunction stopping its rival from using a statement that Apple distributed to the press in response to the initial ruling,” Matussek reports. “The court said Apple’s release was misleading because the December judgment also ordered Apple to recall the products from resellers, according to a copy of the decision obtained by Bloomberg News.”

Matussek reports, “‘The press release is misleading because it contains statements that are at least potentially deceptive about the availability of the goods,’ the judges wrote. ‘The statement conveys the impression of unlimited availability.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: More pettiness from the Qualcomm extortionists.

Apple’s original statement:

“Qualcomm’s campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies. Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers. Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn’t do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behavior. We are of course disappointed by this verdict and we plan to appeal. All iPhone models remain available to customers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany. During the appeal process, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will not be available at Apple’s 15 retail stores in Germany. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR will remain available in all our stores.”

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1 Comment

  1. So despite the ruling to recall products from resellers (and assuming carriers fall into this group) where no iPhone 7 or 8 should be available anywhere authorized, Apple made a statement saying those models would still be available from non-Apple authorized outlets? Someone at Marketing is doing some major spinning.

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