Qualcomm Wins Import Ban on iPhone 6s Through iPhone X in China, Apple Says All iPhone Models Remain Available


CNBC
and
Reuters
today report that the Fuzhou Intermediate
People’s Court has granted Qualcomm an import ban on the iPhone
6s through iPhone X in China after the court found those devices
violated two Qualcomm patents. This could result in those iPhone
models being unavailable to purchase in China.


However, in a statement issued to those publications, Apple
said all iPhone models remain available for customers in China:

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. All iPhone models remain available
for our customers in China. Qualcomm is asserting three patents
they had never raised before, including one which has already
been invalidated. We will pursue all our legal options through
the courts.

The first Qualcomm patent reportedly enables users
to “adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photos,” while
the second is said to relate to “managing applications using a
touch screen when viewing and navigating apps.”

Qualcomm issued the following statement:

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. 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 ruling does not apply to the new iPhone XS,
iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR, nor does it apply to iPhones running
iOS 12, which is possibly why Apple says all iPhone models remain
available to customers in China. Apple naturally disagrees with
the ban and said it is pursuing all of its legal options through
the courts.

Of note, this ruling does not appear to be related to the
larger legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm over wireless
modem technology in iPhones.

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