China grants Qualcomm a ban on some iPhone sales

China grants Qualcomm a ban on some iPhone sales

It is not clear what the ruling means for phones with Apple's newer operating system, and Apple said all iPhone models remained for sale in China. To retaliate, it dropped Qualcomm's LTE hardware from its recent iPhones, switching instead to Intel modems.

"Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us", Rosenberg added. While the comment seemed unfounded at the time, Qualcomm has since scored a major victory, with the Chinese court granting a preliminary injunction against the sale and import of iPhones in the country.

Siding with Qualcomm in its patent infringement case against Apple, a Chinese court has ordered four Apple subsidiaries in China to immediately stop selling various versions of the iPhone.

According to a press release from Qualcomm, the injunction affects almost all iPhones, but Apple disputes this claim.

Apple responded by saying that Qualcomm's attempt to ban our products is another desperate act of the company.


The court found Apple had violated two of Qualcomm's patents - one regarding photograph resizing and the other related to how apps are managed on a touch screen.

Such injunctions are very rarely granted, which has led to suspicion that the courts have had other motives than property rights in reaching the decision, namely that they were using the conflict in order to strike the next blow in the ongoing trade war between China and the US.

Meanwhile, European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager told Reuters that the watchdog could investigate Apple Pay if it receives formal complaints.

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

Apple shares fell 2 per cent in premarket trading.


"This injunction initially appears limited in its scope", as it only applies to phones with the iOS11 operating system.

Qualcomm, the leading supplier of chips for mobile devices, has been in a prolonged legal battle with Apple in recent years.

A quick visit to Apple's Chinese website on Monday showed XS, XS Max, and XR, plus the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus-phones that nominally would have been affected by the ban-still available for sale.

Apple said it filed a request Monday for the court to reconsider its ruling.


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