Qualcomm wins import ban against Apple iPhones in China
Qualcomm wins import ban against Apple, Chip supplier Qualcomm Inc on 10/12/2018 announced it won a Chinese court order banning the import and sale of Apple’s iPhone 6S through iPhone X models in China due to software patent violations. The court found Apple violated two of Qualcomm’s software patents around resizing photographs and managing applications on a touchscreen. Apple, however, said that its iPhones remain on sale in China.
China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are Apple’s third-largest market, accounting for about one-fifth of Apple’s $265.6 billion in sales in its most recent fiscal year.
The Chinese case is part of a global patent fight between Apple and Qualcomm that includes dozens of lawsuits. Qualcomm has also asked regulators in the United States to ban the importation of several iPhone models over patent concerns, but U.S. officials have so far declined to do so.
Qualcomm, the biggest supplier of chips for mobile phones, filed its case in China in late 2017, arguing that Apple infringed patents on features related to resizing photographs and managing apps on a touch screen.
Apple responded that “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.”