Qualcomm Ruling Halts iPhone Sales in China

Posted on December 10, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Apple, iOS with 6 Comments

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Qualcomm announced today that it has won two preliminary injunctions against Apple in China related to their ongoing patent spat. They require Apple to immediately stop selling the iPhone in that country.

“We deeply value our relationships with customers, rarely resorting to the courts for assistance, but we also have an abiding belief in the need to protect intellectual property rights,” Qualcomm executive vice president and general counsel Don Rosenberg said in a prepared statement. “Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us. These Court orders are further confirmation of the strength of Qualcomm’s vast patent portfolio.”

The injunctions require Apple to immediately stop infringing on two Qualcomm patents. And, more damaging, to halt the “unlicensed importation, sale and offers for sale in China of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.” That’s right: The order requires Apple to stop selling the iPhone in China.

Apple’s infringing patents were previously found to be valid by SIPO, the Chinese patent office, Qualcomm notes. They include a patent for adjusting and reformatting the size and appearance of photographs, and one for managing apps using a touch screen when viewing, navigating and dismissing apps on a phone.

Qualcomm further notes that it has filed additional actions against Apple for other offenses and is seeking similar relief.


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