San Diego Business Journal

Just a month after Qualcomm Inc. secured a ban of older iPhones in Germany, a Munich court tossed four of the chipmaker’s patent cases against Apple Inc.

The Munich Regional Court dismissed four cases that the Qualcomm had filed against Apple for infringement of its patents related to search capabilities, according to the Wall Street Journal. Four additional search-related patent disputes remain undecided.

“We thank the court for their time and diligence in this case,” Apple stated in an email.

That same court determined in December that Apple had infringed one of Qualcomm’s hardware patents, leading to a ban of the sale of older iPhones, including the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models. Qualcomm paid a 1.34 billion-euro bond (roughly $1.53 billion) to enforce the injunction.

“We are pursuing enforcement of the injunctions awarded by these courts and believe the decisions will be upheld on appeal,” Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said in an earnings conference on Wednesday.

As Apple and Qualcomm continue their extensive legal battle, Qualcomm has sought overseas patent victories in Germany and China, both major smartphone markets.

Qualcomm secured a ban in China related to infringement of the company’s software. But another one of its cases was overturned earlier this month by a court in Mannheim, Germany.