Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Qualcomm seeks broader China iPhone ban as Apple pushes software update

Qualcomm seeks broader China iPhone ban as Apple pushes software update

The software update will be released in an attempt to circumvent the two Qualcomm patents which Apple is guilty of breaching. According to The Financial Times (via Engadget), Qualcomm is now pushing for the sales ban to also include the Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. The iPhone models mentioned in the ban continue to be available for purchase in China. Apple is claiming that iOS 12 does not infringe on either of the two patents at the core of the latest dispute with Qualcomm.

Recall thath 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.

The patent infringement suits are seen as Qualcomm's way of getting back at Apple, after the latter sued it in the U.S. in January 2017 for allegedly overcharging on patents.

In addition to this, Apple has also filed a reconsideration request with the Chinese patent court in which it has asked the authority to reconsider the ban on import and sale of iPhones in the region.

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Qualcomm has countered that Apple is using its intellectual property without paying for it and that the legal cases are aimed at forcing it to lower licensing charges. In a filing obtained by Bloomberg, Apple argues that a Chinese ban will force it to settle its bruising battle with Qualcomm - an outcome that may harm the country's smartphone industry by hiking licensing fees. While the court order doesn't make specific reference to the software of the banned devices, Apple does have a leg to stand on.

Apple, however, has not complied with the ban, and is continuing to sell the iPhones that have already been banned by the court, citing that the injunction only applies to phones running on iOS 11.

The US company said yesterday it was taking that step to ensure it complies fully with the ruling, which resulted in sales injunctions against six older versions of Apple's most important device.

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