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Qualcomm seeks Apple iPhone XS and XR ban in China

The Chinese court on Monday had ordered the sales ban of some old Apple iPhone models for violating Qualcomm's two patents.

Suhail Sattar Suhail Sattar
New Delhi Published on: December 14, 2018 17:08 IST
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Qualcomm seeks Apple iPhone XS and XR ban in China

After winning the preliminary injunction against older iPhone models, the major smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm has now asked the China courts to ban sales of Apple's latest iPhone models that include the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.

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The Chinese court on Monday had ordered the sales ban of some old Apple iPhone models for violating Qualcomm's two patents.

Jiang Hongyi, a lawyer at Lexfield Law Offices who represents Qualcomm in its patent suits, told the FT, "We plan to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models". This case brought up by Qualcomm is a part of a global patent dispute between Qualcomm and Apple, which includes many lawsuits.

On Monday, Apple had said that all its phones remained on sale in mainland China and had filed a request for reconsideration with the court. This first step in a long appeal process could end up at China's Supreme Court. Moreso, Apple said that the three models launched by the company in September were not the part of the case that Qualcomm had filed for.

China happens to be a production base for most of the iPhones that include the iPad and Mac. Apple has said that the ban on its phones would hurt manufacturers like Foxconn and other suppliers. The company also said that it had created almost 5 million jobs across the country's supply chain and third-party software developers. Qualcomm's attempt to ban the iPhone sale will eventually force Apple to negotiate.

Apple said regarding the court order, "Apple will be forced to settle with the Respondent, causing all mobile phone manufacturers to relapse into the previous unreasonable charging mode and pay high licensing fees, resulting in unrecoverable losses in the downstream market of mobile phones".

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