China ban local sales of iPhone X, and older for violating Qualcomm patents


Qualcomm scored a win in its legal battle with Apple – a Chinese court has issued a preliminary order banning the import and sale of select Apple phones in China. The affected models include the iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus and older models going back to the 6s generation.

Apple violated two patents held by Qualcomm, the court has found. They relate to resizing photos and navigating apps on a touchscreen. These are software patents and Apple claims that iOS 12 does not violate them

The Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China granted the two
preliminary injunctions against four Apple subsidiaries in China. It
relates to two Qualcomm patents that enable users to adjust and reformat
the size and appearance of photos and to manage applications using a
touch screen when viewing and navigating apps on their phones. iPhones
are currently sold with the operating system iOS 12, which Apple says
does not violate the patents in question.

The company also issued a statement saying “all iPhone models remain available for our customers in China”. The 2018 generation – XS, XS Max and XR – are not affected by this ruling.

This is just one battle in the war between Qualcomm and Apple. The chip maker asked US courts for a similar ban, but they are siding with Apple for now.


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