Apple Will Change iPhone in China to Avoid Sales Ban

Apple says that it will make two major changes to the iPhone software in China to avoid a patent-infringement sales ban. But Qualcomm, which owns the patents in question, says that Apple must immediately stop selling the affected iPhones in that country.

“[Apple] is legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale, and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court,” Qualcomm executive vice president and general counsel Don Rosenberg said of Apple’s ploy.

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Qualcomm has asked the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court, which had earlier ruled in its favor, to enforce its injunction against iPhone sales.

Apple, meanwhile, has asked the court to reconsider its ruling since the firm would lose millions of dollars each day should a ban be enforced; Apple told the court that it made $13.3 billion on iPhone sales in China in the first quarter of 2018.

Apple also said that it would remove two infringing software features from the iPhone next week in order to meet Qualcomm’s legal rights. These features are related to app switching and using touch to change the size and appearance of photos.

As you may recall, Qualcomm revealed last Monday that it had won a patent infringement ruling against Apple in China that required Apple to immediately stop selling the iPhone in that country. But a few days later, it became clear that this ruling only applied to iPhones running iOS 11. So Qualcomm launched a new suit aimed at halting the sale of the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.



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  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    15 December, 2018 - 1:26 pm

    <p>Do software patents have to include working code to prove that the "innovator" actually did the thing, or are they actually allowed to be so vague – which allows them to be used as anti-competitive cudgels – that they're useless? Seems to me that for a software patent to be useful and valid it would need to be reproducible. </p><p><br></p><p>Any lesser standard is simply corruption at work.</p>

  • NT6.1

    15 December, 2018 - 2:18 pm

    <p>I'm so glad Apple is losing hard. They deserve it.</p>

    • dontbe evil

      16 December, 2018 - 4:11 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#382213">In reply to NT6.1:</a></em></blockquote><p>totally agree, they loved so much patents and intellectual property, when it was good for them … now suddenly became silly</p>

      • NT6.1

        16 December, 2018 - 9:59 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#382362">In reply to dontbe_evil:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>They love money. They don't care about anything else.</p>

        • dontbe evil

          17 December, 2018 - 5:11 am

          <blockquote><em><a href="#382411">In reply to NT6.1:</a></em></blockquote><p>yup… so funny their fans that love so much be milked by their beloved company, got butthurt and downvote the truth</p>

        • lvthunder

          Premium Member
          17 December, 2018 - 10:43 am

          <blockquote><em><a href="#382411">In reply to NT6.1:</a></em></blockquote><p>The same could be said about all businesses. Without money they cease to exist.</p>

          • NT6.1

            17 December, 2018 - 5:05 pm

            <blockquote><em><a href="#383594">In reply to lvthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Apple was all about premium devices. Now they make the most cheap as possible (within "premium") for some coins. LCD, lack of headphone jack, aluminium that bends easily, no fast charger out of the box, no headphone jack dongle out of the box etc…</p>

            • dontbe evil

              18 December, 2018 - 4:10 pm

              <blockquote><em><a href="#383689">In reply to NT6.1:</a></em></blockquote><p>totally agree… and it's so funny to see butthurt applefans downvote your truth</p>

  • SenorGravy

    Premium Member
    15 December, 2018 - 7:15 pm

    <p>I don't think I've ever seen a company that thinks laws don't apply to it as Apple. Don't wanna pay Royalties? Then don't infringe on valid patents. No sympathy here.</p>

    • red.radar

      Premium Member
      15 December, 2018 - 7:57 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#382270">In reply to SenorGravy:</a></em></blockquote><p>Come on …. put the fan boyism to the side. This is part of a bigger legal war where apple is working to undo Qualcomm’s cellular modem monopoly. </p><p><br></p><p>qualcom lost in EU and American courts and has since been doing the world tour to be a thorn in apples side. </p><p><br></p><p>look at the patents … they are so vague and stupid and have nothing to do with Qualcomm’s core business. This is an attack by Qualcomm’s to inflict damage for them not using their modems. </p>

  • ragingthunder

    16 December, 2018 - 8:04 am

    <p>I am surprised thurrott cannot get rid of spams in comments. There are a 1001 tools for wordpress to filter comments – askimet, disqus, etc etc. What the hell is going on?!</p>

    • Jeff.Bane

      16 December, 2018 - 8:25 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#382394">In reply to ragingthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>They probably get rid of spam comments in the premium section.</p>

      • ragingthunder

        16 December, 2018 - 9:01 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#382402">In reply to Jeff.Bane:</a></em></blockquote><p>I don't know of any other wordpress site with so much damn spams. It's as simple as ticking "Use Akismet to prevent spam" in the wordpress admin area. If it continues like this thurrott will lose all traffic.</p>

        • MikeGalos

          16 December, 2018 - 9:48 am

          <blockquote><em><a href="#382407">In reply to ragingthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>At a minimum it'd be nice if the authors, when (if, in some authors' cases) they actually come back to their articles to read the comments and reply to them, would delete the comments reported as spam. We're already doing the work of identifying it. </p>

      • StevenLayton

        16 December, 2018 - 9:12 am

        <blockquote><a href="#382402"><em>In reply to Jeff.Bane:</em></a><em>Nah, but they do provide us with complimentary drinks, snacks and free wi-fi.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

    • lvthunder

      Premium Member
      17 December, 2018 - 10:44 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#382394">In reply to ragingthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>I've seen plenty of sites using disqus that has tons of spam on them. It's not as easy as it sounds. Especially for more popular sites.</p>

      • ragingthunder

        18 December, 2018 - 2:44 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#383597">In reply to lvthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>Show me one instead of lying.</p>

  • AlyssaPatterson

    03 January, 2019 - 12:32 am

    <p>People love to by Apple’s iPhone because they can get ever-growing, sprawling ecosystem of software and services from APPLE which allow to do more flexibility with the products.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Alyssa,</p><p><a href="; target="_blank" style="color: rgb(21, 27, 38);">Help with statistics assignment </a></p>

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