China; Court orders ban on old iPhone models in Qualcomm patent dispute

A Chinese court has ordered a ban on the sale of several Apple iPhone models in China for violating two patents of chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, although Apple said all of its phone models remained on sale on the mainland.

“Apple responded by saying, “Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world”.

Key points:

  • iPhone models from the iPhone 6S through to iPhone X are affected
  • Qualcomm alleges Apple infringed patented features related to resizing pictures and managing apps on a touch screen
  • Apple calls the move “desperate”, says iPhones still on sale in China

The case, brought by Qualcomm, is part of a global patents dispute between the two US companies that includes dozens of lawsuits.

It creates uncertainty over Apple’s business in one of its biggest markets at a time when its falling share prices reflect concerns over waning demand for new iPhones.

Qualcomm said the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China found Apple infringed two patents held by the chipmaker and ordered an immediate ban on sales of older iPhone models that use the chip.

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