Posted on 12th December, 2018


In the latest round of a tit-for-tat legal stoush between Apple and Qualcomm, China has moved to ban sales of most iPhone models.

Qualcomm filed its latest lawsuit in China recently alleging Apple has infringed on two of its patents.

The patents that allow people to edit and resize photos and to manage apps via a touch screen affect the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8Plus and iPhone X.

Qualcomm's lawsuit predates Apple’s release of the latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus and iPhone XR that can still go on sale in China – for now.

The existing ban will cover 10 to 15 per cent of all current iPhones in China.

What the current legal injunction imposed last week means is still unclear. Apple insists all its iPhone models are on sale in China.

Qualcomm however, remains combative with a company spokesperson claiming his company will insist on the injunction’s enforcement. He said:

If Apple is violating the orders, Qualcomm will seek enforcement of the orders through enforcement tribunals that are part of the Chinese court system.

Apple maintains Qualcomm is being mischievous and points out that one of the two contentious patents has previously been deemed invalid by international courts. The company said it would begin its legal response in court, saying:

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.

Apple moved to have the court lift its ban on Monday. But Qualcomm responded by claiming the ruling was appropriate because Apple owes it money for using its technology.

Apple and Qualcomm’s legal battles follow a court case in 2017 in which the EU ordered Qualcomm to pay a US$1.2 billion fine after it stopped payments to Apple for the exclusive right to put its chips in iPhones.

The EU found the payments to be illegal and imposed the hefty fine.

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