Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Apple predicts dire consequences settling with Qualcomm over China iPhone ban

Apple predicts dire consequences settling with Qualcomm over China iPhone ban

"Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance", Apple said in a statement. The software update will be released in an attempt to circumvent the two Qualcomm patents which Apple is guilty of breaching. However, Apple's newest models, the iPhone XS and XR, were not covered by the ban because they had not yet been introduced when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit late a year ago.

"All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China". What are your thoughts on the Apple-Qualcomm dispute over potential patent infringements?

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

Qualcomm had sued Apple over two patents, one about photo editing and the other one about touchscreen gestures.

On Monday the Fuzhou Intermediate Peoples Court in China banned the import and sale of select iPhones due to a lawsuit between Qualcomm and Apple. Apple, which has filed a request for consideration, argues the decision harms China's interests by potentially raising the royalties and fees that phonemakers pay Qualcomm.

Qualcomm has also brought patent suits in China and other jurisdictions, seeking bans on the sale of iPhones to force Apple to the negotiating table. Apple notes that the ban will cost it millions of dollars a day and negatively affect Chinese consumers as well as the government as the latter could lose hundreds of thousands of tax.

Once Apple does push out an iOS update to its Chinese users, Qualcomm is unlikely to change its course of legal action.

Apple has asked a Chinese court to reconsider the ban.

The Chinese court's ruling handed an initial victory to Qualcomm, which is locked in a worldwide dispute with Apple over the licensing fees it charges for the use of technology that underpins all modern phone systems.

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