Apple has just suffered a historic setback in Colombia. The Apple brand can no longer sell an iPhone 12 or 13 there.
The day will have been long for the avocados of the apple brand. If the latter have an unenviable schedule in recent months with trials all over the world, the historic court decision of the court of Bogota in Colombia could almost sign the coup de grace.
But even on their knees, the Apple brand wants (and can) defend itself. As a reminder in this case, the justice of the South American state concluded that Apple had taken advantage of patents belonging to another competing brand. In the specific case of the Colombian file, it is the Swedish firm Ericsson .
Apple simply banned from selling its latest iPhones
While Apple expected a harsh verdict, no one imagined that Colombian justice could go this far. In a country where iOS is the second most used operating system, with nearly 12% of the population, Colombia has decided to deprive itself of it.
Indeed the verdict makes it illegal to sell iPhones or iPads with 5G modems . All of Apple’s newest devices are disabled by this court ruling. Obviously, such a verdict made the lawyer in charge of the case for Apple jump out of his chair, who immediately asked that this court decision be reviewed on appeal.
If a second trial should therefore take place in the coming months, many specialists in the Colombian jurisdiction assure that the facts are there and that the verdict will be close, if not identical. Gradually realizing that Colombian justice will not plead in its favor in this case, Apple is trying new methods to turn things to its advantage.
A decision that could appeal to others
The Cupertino company has just judged that this decision was “a violation of civil rights”. If this accusation is unlikely to change anything, the apple brand is trying to save its image and now fears that this historic court decision will serve as a precedent in other countries.
Because on the other side of the bar, Ericsson savors. The Swedish company knows that this court decision will not change much, but a similar lawsuit is underway in the United Kingdom . This too could, in the worst case scenario for Apple, remove all devices with a 5G modem from sale.