Qualcomm wins preliminary Apple iPhone ban in China

Qualcomm wins preliminary Apple iPhone ban in China
According to a report from Reuters that was released this morning, chip designer Qualcomm said that China's Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court ruled in its favor, and has placed a preliminary ban on the importation and sale in China of certain Apple iPhone models. The court agreed with Qualcomm, ruling that Apple infringed on a pair of Qualcomm patents related to software that resizes photos, and helps those with a touchscreen device manage their applications.

The models covered by the ban include the iPhone 6s through the iPhone X, sold with older versions of Apple's iOS operating system pre-installed. Apple released a statement saying that these models remain on sale in China, but are loaded with a more recent version of iOS.

UPDATE: Apple has appealed the ruling (via CNBC). While Qualcomm General counsel Don Rosenberg says that the orders from the court are not specific to the version of iOS installed on the phones, Apple says, "All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China. Qualcomm is asserting three patents they had never raised before, including one which has already been invalidated. We will pursue all our legal options through the courts."

Apple and Qualcomm are embroiled in several lawsuits, and as a result, Apple has dropped Qualcomm as a supplier of modem chips for the iPhone. Instead, this year Apple went exclusively with Intel. Late last month, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf hinted that his company is "on the doorstep" of resolving its differences with Apple. However, a statement released today by the iPhone manufacturer calls the chip designer a "desperate company" that has committed "illegal practices." That doesn't sound to us like words of endearment.


Qualcomm has also filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), seeking an import ban against the iPhone in the states. In the U.S. back in September, an ITC judge ruled that Apple did infringe on a Qualcomm patent, but added that he wouldn't impose a ban on U.S. imports of the iPhone.

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36 Comments

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Here comes the boom!

3. Fred3

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

This plus Apple losing that trillion dollar spot to two is not a good look

4. gamehead unregistered

Apple taking beatings lefts and right

6. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

I guess starting those patent suits 6 years ago wasn't such a smart move afterall.

8. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

What goes around comes around. I hope they band their crap in other parts of the world also.

11. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

But but... Apple will invent it on 2020 then they will call it "best ever".

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30674; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Market valuation is gonna take a hit.

14. OneLove123

Posts: 656; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Glad I sold my stocks last year. I bought Apple stocks when the first ipod came out. I knew it was going to bring Apple back from the brink of death.

40. Rager722

Posts: 598; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

How much money have your earned off of it?

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1504; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

More bad news for Apple, maybe they'll increase iphone prices again to make up for lost volume.

16. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

LMAO. Since when does China...China!...give a crap about patents?

19. xfire99

Posts: 1203; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Since Huawei owner daughter got arrested! Mr iHave no clue!

21. toukale

Posts: 599; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

It also does not matter in the grant scheme of things.since this ban only affect iOS 11 and older. Since everyone of those devices supports iOS12, Apple just have load those devices with iOS12 from the factory (which they were doing to begin with) to bypass it all together. LOL. All in all a nothing burger.

26. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

It was a rhetorical question, genius.

34. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Hey... not fair that's me, not him...

20. xfire99

Posts: 1203; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

China starts to pay back for arresting Huawei executive and US companies will have hard time doing business in China until release oh Huaweis executive Meng Wanzhou.

22. toukale

Posts: 599; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Actually China have been very slick on how they have been doing things, compares to Trump. This decision will not affect Apple in the slightest when you get down to it, and it's not by accident. This banned only looks good on paper but nothing more. CNBC reported it affects devices with iOS 11 and older. Since Apple stopped shipping their devices loaded with iOS 11 last October, this will not affect them at all. China is sending a message without doing any damage to Apple's business and that is not by accident. China is not dumb, and plays the long game. They know Trump will be gone soon enough, they are not going to go all out and damage their long term relationships on some short term political point.

30. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Yea? We will see when quarterly earnings takes a dive.

23. cmdacos

Posts: 3763; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"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."-Apple Stealing though is apparently just fine...

27. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Only if the Chinese do it to bring cheap android clones, amirite

28. cmdacos

Posts: 3763; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nope. All these companies should be ashamed. Especially when they pretend to have morals in their marketing.

29. D34ever

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

This is good news.

35. warrenellis93

Posts: 525; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Im on Qualcomm s side

36. Vogue1985

Posts: 317; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Tick for tack argg. So no Huawei in the USA and no IPhone in China. SOOOOO Trump seriously. People will buy what they want regardless,especially if they want it. Ie an Iphone or Huawei, it's all about $$$$$$$$.

41. mahalo15

Posts: 56; Member since: Nov 30, 2018

No Iphone in China? Guess who's going to lose? It would be China. It appears Apple supports 4.8 million jobs in China which is about 2.5 times the jobs it supports in US.

37. Bobbyv

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 20, 2018

That is a pity it can not be banned all around the world, all Apple products should be ended up in the sewer

43. tokuzumi

Posts: 1757; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Another lawsuit where no one benefits, except for the lawyers.

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