Date
17 January 2019
Apple is preparing to lodge an appeal against a Chinese court ruling for a ban on some iPhone sales amid a patent fight with Qualcomm. Photo: Reuters
Apple is preparing to lodge an appeal against a Chinese court ruling for a ban on some iPhone sales amid a patent fight with Qualcomm. Photo: Reuters

Qualcomm wins China ruling for ban on some iPhone sales

Chipmaker Qualcomm said on Monday that it has won an order from a Chinese court banning the sale of several older Apple iPhone models in China due to two patent violations, Reuters reports.

The preliminary order from the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court, issued last week, affects the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X that were originally sold with older versions of Apple’s iOS operating system, according to the report.

Apple’s most recent iPhone models released in September were not part of the case.

It is not clear what the ruling means for phones with Apple’s newer operating system, Reuters said, while noting Apple’s comments that all iPhone models remain for sale in China.

The Chinese case is part of a global patent fight between Apple and Qualcomm that includes dozens of lawsuits.

Qualcomm has also asked regulators in the United States to ban the importation of several iPhone models over patent concerns, but US officials have so far declined to do so, the report noted. 

Qualcomm, the biggest supplier of chips for mobile phones, filed its case in China in late 2017, arguing that Apple infringed patents on features related to resizing photographs and managing apps on a touch screen. 

Apple responded that “Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world.” 

Qualcomm general counsel Don Rosenberg said in a statement the Chinese court orders were in effect now and applied to specific features, rather than to an operating system. 

Apple said on Monday that it has filed a request for reconsideration with the court, the first step in appealing the ban.

To enforce the ban, Qualcomm separately will have to file complaints in what is known as an enforcement tribunal, where Apple will also have a chance to appeal, the report said. 

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