China issues imports and sales ban of select Apple phones

A Chinese court has ordered a ban on older iPhones during an Apple and Qualcomm patent dispute

11Dec

A Chinese court has ordered a ban on the sale and import of older iPhone models in China. The ban came amid the discovery by telecom equipment company Qualcomm of violations on two patents.

The violation of the patents, which Qualcomm revealed, is believed to be part of a global patent dispute between the Qualcomm and Apple.

"It creates uncertainty over Apple's business in one of its biggest markets at a time when concerns over waning demand for new iPhones are battering its shares," revealed a report by Reuters.

Qualcomm reportedly demanded immediate cease of sale of two of its patents within the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.


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Qualcomm stated that the two patents related to consumers ability to adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photographs, and manage applications using a touch screen when viewing, navigating and dismissing applications on their phones.

Qualcomm executive VP and general counsel Don Rosenberg said: "We deeply value our relationships with customers, rarely resorting to the courts for assistance, but we also have an abiding belief in the need to protect intellectual property rights.

"Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us. These court orders are further confirmation of the strength of Qualcomm's vast patent portfolio."


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However, according to Reuters, Apple has denied the accusation of violations and is set to appeal the import and sales ban, with Apple stating that all of its phone models remained on sale in mainland China having submitted a request for reconsideration with the court.

A Beijing-based IP lawyer commented: "In all likelihood it will drag on for some time. It's worth keeping in mind that this is just one battle in a larger rift."

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