Chinese Court Grants Qualcomm Preliminary Injunctions Against Apple, Bans Sale of Older iPhones

A Chinese court docket has banned the sale of a host of contemporary iPhone fashions mentioning infringement of two Qualcomm patents.

A Chinese court docket has ordered that four of Apple’s Chinese subsidiaries should instantly prevent the “importation, sale and provides on the market in China of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X,” Qualcomm mentioned Monday in a remark. The court docket granted Qualcomm’s request for initial injunctions towards the Apple subsidiaries associated with two of the chipmaker’s patents, in step with the remark.

The aforementioned iPhone fashions function Qualcomm generation, which Qualcomm accuses Apple of the use of with out paying Qualcomm the important licensing charges.

The patents in query revolve round shoppers being able to “modify and reformat the scale and look of images,” in addition to shoppers’ skill to “set up packages the use of a marginally display when viewing, navigating, and disregarding packages on their telephones.”

“We deeply worth our relationships with consumers, hardly ever resorting to the courts for help, however we even have an abiding trust within the want to give protection to highbrow assets rights,” Qualcomm government vp and common recommend Don Rosenberg mentioned in a ready remark. “Apple continues to have the benefit of our highbrow assets whilst refusing to compensate us. These Court orders are additional affirmation of the power of Qualcomm’s huge patent portfolio.”

In the wake of the ruling, Apple doesn’t seem to be flustered within the slightest and says it is going to proceed promoting all iPhone fashions in China.

“Qualcomm’s effort to prohibit our merchandise is every other determined transfer through an organization whose unlawful practices are below investigation through regulators all over the world,” Apple mentioned in a remark. “All iPhone fashions stay to be had for our consumers in China. Qualcomm is announcing three patents that they had by no means raised ahead of, together with one which has already been invalidated. We will pursue all our prison choices in the course of the courts.”

The initial injunction blocks the sale and import of iPhones into China, however no longer the manufacture or export of the units, so the direct affect is proscribed to the home Chinese marketplace.

Still, the court docket ruling represents an important disruption to Apple’s trade and may carry the two events to the negotiating desk of their lengthy litigation conflict.

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Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).