Qualcomm wins Chinese import ban against several iPhones on patent grounds

Andrew Cummings
December 11, 2018

Tech giant Apple said on Monday that it would continue to sell all of its iPhone models in China despite Qualcomm's announcement that it had won an injunction against Apple on the importation and sale of certain products.

That's because the two patents upheld as infringed upon by the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China are not violated by iOS 12, its most recent version, according to the Cupertino firm.

"We have an abiding belief in the need to protect intellectual property rights", Qualcomm general counsel Don Rosenberg said in a statement.

A Chinese court ordered a ban in the country on iPhone sales in a patent dispute between United States chipmaker Qualcomm and Apple, according to a Qualcomm statement Monday.

In a statement, Apple said its iPhones remain on sale in the country, with newer software.

According to Qualcomm, a Chinese court granted preliminary injunctions against Apple over the Cupertino-based company's alleged infractions of Qualcomm's intellectual property.

Qualcomm says the ban applies to the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 6s.

Following the ruling in China, Apple shares fell two percent on Monday, while Qualcomm's rose by three percent.

The decision - the first that seeks to curb iPhone sales - deals a potentially devastating blow to Apple - the third-largest manufacturer of smartphones worldwide.

A Chinese court has granted USA telecommunication equipment maker Qualcomm injunctions against Apple, ordering the smartphone maker to immediately cease the import and sale of some iPhones in China. They include a patent for adjusting and reformatting the size and appearance of photographs, and one for managing apps using a touch screen when viewing, navigating and dismissing apps on a phone. Apple's latest iPhone models, including the XS, XS Max, and XR, weren't included. To prevent the problem from escalating further, Apple is likely to introduce software changes the alleviate the ban and continue selling iPhones as much as possible.

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