A Chinese patent court has passed a preliminary injunction on the sale of iPhones for violating two of Qualcomm’s patents. 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.
The two patents which Apple was deemed to be violating include the way applications are managed on a smartphone and how photos are resized.
“Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us,” Don Rosenberg, general counsel of Qualcomm, said in a statement.
The order is limited to sale and import of the following iPhones:
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
Apple has also issued a statement on the ban calling the move desperate by the San Diego chip maker.
“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 iPhone 8 and iPhone X are still popular in China despite the launch of Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup so this ban is definitely going to have a negative impact on the company’s business activity in the country. Since the two patents are software related, Apple can always circumvent the ban by making some software changes.
While this ban is definitely going to give a huge relief to Qualcomm, it is also going to further worsen the relationship between the two companies. Qualcomm has shown interest in settling matters out of court with Apple, though the latter has no such intentions.