A German court has ordered Apple Inc to stop using part of a press release stating that all iPhones will be available in the country through carriers and resellers, a copy of the ruling seen by Reuters He showed.
The iPhone maker was banned from selling the iPhone 7 and 8 models in Germany in December following a patent dispute with Qualcomm Inc.
Qualcomm on Thursday obtained the preliminary injunction stopping Apple to use a statement released to the press in response to the December decision.
At the time, the iPhone maker said it would no longer stock the iPhone 7 and 8 at its 15 retail outlets in Germany, but those models would still be available to customers through more than 4,300 carriers and resellers across Germany.
“The press release … is misleading, as it contains statements that are at least potentially misleading about the availability of the products, that is, the iPhones affected by the ruling,” wrote a three-judge panel in the latest ruling.
The judges said Apple’s press release gives consumers and retailers the false impression of the unlimited availability of the phones.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment on Friday. Qualcomm said “the order speaks for itself”.
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