Apple to Resolve Qualcomm's Patent Dispute Through a Software Update in China

Yolanda Curtis
December 14, 2018

Apple, meanwhile, is contesting the injunction in court but also readying an iOS update that will fix the problems signaled in the patent war.

Qualcomm a few days ago scored a legal win against Apple in China, obtaining an injunction against several iPhone versions over alleged patent infringements.

Apple to Resolve Qualcomm's Patent Dispute Through a Software Update in China

However, Apple's newest models, the iPhone XS and XR, were not covered by the ban because they had not yet been introduced when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit late previous year.

On Monday, Qualcomm announced that a Chinese court had banned the sale of most iPhone models. This ban was a result of victory to Qualcomm in winning a preliminary junction in the court.

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. "To address any possible concern about our compliance with the order, early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case". The iPhone models mentioned in the ban continue to be available for purchase in China. Details on the matter are quite scarce at this point but what we do know is that the injunction is based on iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 which were shipped with pre-iOS 12 releases of the software.

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. Qualcomm has even fought back by going after Apple's manufacturing partners for continuing to produce iPhones that are said to be in violation of patents. The ban would take some time to implement and was appealed by Apple, but it could potentially cost Apple millions of dollars a day. They try to get their inch somewhere.

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