China OFFERS the sale of almost all iPhone models before & # 39; violating patents & # 39;
- Qualcomm said today that it had won a preliminary order from a Chinese court
- The order prohibits the sale of all models from iPhone 6S to iPhone X in China
- The court ruled that Apple had violated two of Qualcomm's software patents
- But Apple said the iPhones in China would be on sale, with newer software
American chip supplier Qualcomm Inc. said Monday that it had won a preliminary order from a Chinese court to ban the import and sale of various Apple Inc. iPhone models in China for patent infringement.
The preliminary order affects all iPhone models from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone X, which are sold with older versions of Apple's iOS operating system.
In a statement, Apple said the iPhones would stay in the country with newer software.
Chinese customers imagined themselves trying iPhone XRs. A Chinese court has banned the import and sale of various iPhone models, according to the American telecom company Qualcomm
Qualcomm said today that the court found that Apple had violated two of their software patents
California-based Qualcomm, the world's largest supplier of mobile phone chips, initially launched its business in late 2017 in China.
The ruling came from the Fuzhou Intermediate People & Court in China, the same court that banned chip chips from a chip to Micron Technology Inc in China earlier this year.
The court found that Apple had violated two of Qualcomm's software patents about changing the size of photos and managing applications on a touchscreen.
& # 39; Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property and refuses to compensate us, & # 39; said Don Rosenberg, general counsel of Qualcomm.
Apple shares fell 2 percent in trade before the stock market.
People are portrayed with the new Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max at an Apple office in Shanghai. The preliminary court decision concerns models from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone X
Because the patents relate to software, Apple can make changes to the software to avoid the patents and still be able to sell their phones.
In a statement, Apple said that all iPhone models would remain available to its customers in China. New iPhones use Apple & # 39; s latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 12.
"Qualcomm's efforts to ban our products is another desperate step for a company whose illegal practices are being investigated globally by regulators", said Apple in her statement.
The patents in the suit, of which Qualcomm said Monday that they have been confirmed by the Chinese patent office, are separate from the patents disputed in other cases in the extended legal dispute with Apple.
Qualcomm has also asked US regulators to ban the import of different iPhone models due to patent concerns, but US officials have so far refused to do so.
The specific iPhone models that are affected by the preliminary ruling in China are the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.