Qualcomm has won a preliminary order from a Chinese court as the country bans the sale of nearly all iPhone models for ‘violating patents’.
The legal battle between the American chip supplier and Apple continues at full steam as all iPhones with the older versions of the iOS operating system are banned.
Apple said its iPhones would remain on sale in the country with newer software.
California-based Qualcomm is the world’s biggest mobile phone chip supplier, and initially filed a case in 2017 due to accusations of Apple benefiting from their intellectual property without paying for it.
In a statement, Apple said that all iPhone models would remain available 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.
Qualcomm accused Apple of stealing valuable trade secrets and giving them to Intel to boost performance of the rival chips on iPhones.
Attorney’s representing the US International Trade Commission (ITC) have issued statements supporting Qualcomm’s claims regarding Apple’s alleged patent infringement.
The ban in China is the sharpest jab Qualcomm have given Apple in their massive legal war.
Qualcomm have also asked US trade regulators to ban iPhone imports after allegations of Apple violating six patents to do with extending battery life on phones, Digital Trends reports.
Apple claims that Qualcomm is operating an ‘illegal business model’. It is getting difficult to count the number of law suits and countersuits getting filed.
There are billions of pounds being played with here. We’re getting flashbacks to Apple vs Samsung.
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