Qualcomm Block the Import of iPhones in China
The patent dispute between Qualcomm and Apple seems to be over after the chip company said on Monday it had obtained a preliminary ruling from a Chinese court to ban the import and sale of several iPhone models in China.
The court ruled that Apple violated two of Qualcomm’s software patents on resizing photos and managing applications on a touch screen.
“Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us,” said Qualcomm general counsel Don Rosenberg.
The ruling that was submitted in late 2017 affects the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, and would have been ruled by the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China, the same that this year it prohibited the import of some chips from the manufacturer Micron Technology in China.
Because patents refer to software, Apple could make changes to its software to avoid patents and continue selling its phones. The patents in the Qualcomm lawsuit had been confirmed by the Chinese patent office as others that are outside of those that are disputed in other cases in its extensive legal dispute with Apple.
Qualcomm also asked US regulators to ban the importation of several iPhone models for patent issues, but officials have so far refused to do so.