Qualcomm wants Chinese regulators to ban the sale of Apple's newest iPhones

Apple Appeals Court Order Banning iPhone Sales In China

A Chinese Court Imposes Ban On Older iPhone Devices as part of Apple-Qualcomm Dispute

For the unaware, Qualcomm recently convinced a Chinese court to issue a temporary ban on the sale of many of Apple's older smartphones in the country.

According to Qualcomm, the patents allow people to edit and resize photos on a phone and to manage apps by using a touchscreen.

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. The preliminary ruling bans the sale and import of certain iPhone models in China, though Apple and its vendors are still free to manufacture and export devices from the country. Apple didn't respond to requests for comment. That would include the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR; all three come with iOS 12 out of the box, and Apple says that its latest models were not included in the importation and sales ban ordered by the court.

In a statement provided to the Financial Times, an attorney for Qualcomm relayed that the company plans to wield the same patent that formed the basis for the original injunction.

The move marked the latest in a long-running dispute over patents and royalties between the two California tech giants playing out in courts and administrative bodies worldwide.

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China may not even care if Qualcomm has a legal leg to stand on, yet could go ahead and ban sales of iPhone regardless to hurt America's most valuable company.

Despite the injunction, Apple said on Monday that its iPhones remain on sale on mainland China. The ruling comes as a shock as it's uncommon for product injunctions to be granted by the Chinese courts.

Apple's relationship with Qualcomm has hit a sour patch in recent years with a string of lawsuits.

Qualcomm has countersued Apple and earlier this year escalated its legal fight, claiming the iPhone maker stole trade secrets and shared them with mobile chip rival Intel. With no sign of a settlement agreement on the horizon, Qualcomm remains intent on turning up the pressure on Apple. Qualcomm is facing antitrust probes in South Korea, the European Union and the United States over its dominant position.

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