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Qualcomm moves to enforce ban on German sale of old iPhones

BERLIN — Chipmaker Qualcomm says it has posted security bonds totaling 1.34 billion euros ($1.52 billion) required by a German court to enforce a ruling barring the sale of older iPhone models in Germany.

Apple had already said following the Dec. 20 Munich court ruling that it was halting the sale of iPhone 7 and 8 models at German Apple stores, pending its appeal. The court sided with Qualcomm in a patent dispute, finding that Apple and subsidiaries breached a European patent held by San Diego-based Qualcomm, which has pursued similar cases elsewhere around the world.

Qualcomm said Thursday it has now posted the bonds required by the court. The disputed patent regulates the amount of energy provided to the phones’ telecom chips.

The verdict also mentioned the iPhone X, which Apple said has since been replaced by a newer model.

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