Qualcomm aims to ban iPhone XS and iPhone XR in China too

Judy Cobb
December 14, 2018

What are your thoughts on the Apple-Qualcomm dispute over potential patent infringements? In order to overcome this scenario in China, the Cupertino giant is now set to push a new update to old iPhones starting early next week.

On Monday, a statement from Qualcomm said the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court had granted the U.S. chip maker's request for two preliminary injunctions against four subsidiaries of Apple, ordering them to immediately stop selling models from the iPhone 6S to iPhone X in China.

Apple has since asked the courts to reconsider the decision, arguing that an ongoing ban on iPhone smartphones would cost the Chinese government millions in lost tax revenue and suppliers in the country millions in lost revenue.

As Reuters reports, Apple intends to release a software update in China early next week that will address "the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case".

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It's no longer a big secret that iPhone XR demand has failed to meet the initial expectations of both Apple and most reputable industry analysts, but the steady popularity of the company's older models and some encouraging recent signs in the supply chain suggested the overall decline in unit shipments wouldn't be so bad after all.

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.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm has persuaded the US International Trade Commission to consider banning imports of iPhones that use Intel chips, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. On Thursday, Qualcomm confirmed that it has called on the court to enforce the rulings. But it was not clear whether this referred to the latest case or their broader legal dispute. As part of the reconsideration request, Apple offered to pay a "counter security" of roughly $87 million to get the ban lifted. However, intellectual property lawyers said enforcement of the ban was likely still a distant threat.

"I think that Qualcomm and Apple, they always have those IP litigations to try to force the other side to make concessions. That's always the game".

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