Qualcomm wins China ruling against some iPhone models

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Qualcomm wins China ruling against some iPhone models
The order affects the iPhone 6S through the iPhone X sold with older versions of Apple's iOS operating system.

beijing - Issue involves patent violations

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Published: Mon 10 Dec 2018, 7:08 PM

Last updated: Mon 10 Dec 2018, 9:10 PM

Chip supplier Qualcomm Inc on Monday said it had won a preliminary order from a Chinese court banning the importation and sale of several Apple iPhone models in China due to patent violations.

The preliminary order affects the iPhone 6S through the iPhone X sold with older versions of Apple's iOS operating system.

Qualcomm, the biggest supplier of chips for mobile phones, initially filed its case in China in late 2017.

In a statement, Apple said its iPhones remain on sale in the country, with newer software.

The ruling came from the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China, the same court that earlier this year banned the import of some of memory chip maker Micron Technology Inc's chips into China.

The court found Apple violated 2 of Qualcomm's software patents around resizing photographs and managing applications on a touch screen.

"Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us," Don Rosenberg, general counsel of Qualcomm, said in a statement.

Apple shares fell 2 per cent in premarket trading.

Because the patents concern software, Apple could make changes to its software to avoid the patents and still be able to sell its phones.

In a statement, Apple said that all iPhone models remain available for its customers in China. New iPhones use Apple's latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 12. - Reuters


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