Qualcomm wants iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XR banned in China too

Angelica Greene
December 14, 2018

A Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China found Apple to be in violation of two Qualcomm patents, ordering an immediate sales ban on a wide range of iPhones, from iPhone 6S through the iPhone X. Qualcomm has not provided us with details of the specific patents Apple has infringed, but software patents often cover broad, vaguely worded concepts, leaving it open to interpretation which software might infringe them. Apple will start rolling out these updates starting next week, which would most likely address 'possible concern about their compliance with the court order.' These updates will further address the minor functionality of the two patents issued by Qualcomm in the court.

The court's preliminary injunction, which the chipmaker also shared with Reuters, orders an immediate block, though lawyers say Apple could take steps to stall the process.

The case, brought by Qualcomm, is part of a global patent dispute between the two United States companies that includes dozens of lawsuits.

But Apple isn't ready to capitulate to Qualcomm's demands. Apple claims that the current version, iOS 12, doesn't infringe Qualcomm's patents-though Qualcomm denies this.

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The reports moreover suggest that the Cupertino tech giant has also filed a request for reconsideration of the courts ruling of imposing the ban on iPhones.

If this satisfies the court, Apple would be allowed to continue selling the affected iPhone models, namely the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Qualcomm, the biggest supplier of chips for mobile phones, filed its case against Apple in China in late 2017, saying the iPhone maker infringed patents on features related to resizing photographs and managing apps on a touch screen. However, Qualcomm was said to be looking for a similar ban on new-generation iPhones too, including the 2018 models. They try to get their inch somewhere.

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