Apple loses trial against Qualcomm banning sales of old iPhone models in China

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This is the first such decision in relation to the company–and Apple considers it illegal.

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The Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China ruled that Apple infringed two patents of the American chip maker Qualcomm on photo editing and application management via the touchscreen. Based on this, the court banned Apple from selling several old iPhone models in the country, Qualcomm said in a statement.

The Fuzhou court issued a ban on November 30, but it has become widely known only now. This is the first such decision regarding Apple in the smartphone market, The Wall Street Journal clarified.

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Qualcomm said that the court banned Apple’s subsidiaries from importing and selling iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X. Restrictions do not apply to iPhone XS, XS Max and XR–smartphones appeared after the registration of a patent claim. At the same time in September, Apple abandoned the production of 6s, 6s Plus and X, but, according to media reports, returned to the production of iPhone X due to weak sales of the iPhone XR.

In response, Apple called the actions of Qualcomm illegal and promised that all iPhone models will remain available in China. The company noted that all of these models work on iOS 12, which does not fall under the patents in question. Apple intends to challenge the decision of the court.

After the news, Apple shares fell 2%, while Qualcomm’s stock price rose 2.9%.


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