There has been an ongoing patent dispute between Qualcomm, chipmaker manufacturer and Apple, manufacturer of iPhones, for some time now. According to the Financial Times, Qualcomm is asking Chinese courts to ban the sales of Apple’s iPhone XS, XS Max and XR throughout the country. This comes only days after Qualcomm won a temporary injunction to prevent Apple from selling older models of its devices in China.
Qualcomm has patents on resizing photos and managing apps which the Intermediate People’s Court in Fuzhou, China determined that it appeared Apple may have infringed on. At this time, however, even though the court saw enough evidence to this infraction to halt sales and imports of the iPhone 6S, 6SPlus, 7, 7Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X (all devices that Qualcommallegedly claims benefit from its patents), no official ruling has been handed down as yet.
Apple, while essentially ignoring the injunction, has of course filed an appeal to the initial ruling. Apple also argues that the injunction only applies to its older devices running on iOS 11 and therefore continues to sell all models of its iPhones in China because all those models run on iOS 12. Therefore, Apple claims it is not infringing on Qualcomm’s patents. According to the Financial Times, the ruling did not mention either operating systems but only focused on specific devices and so its possible that Apple may not be standing on solid ground in its appeal to rebuff Qualcomm’s claims of patent infringement.
It will definitely take a court ruling to determine whether or not Apple infringed on Qualcomm’s patents but in the meantime if the courts grant the chipmaker’s request to ban Apple’s selling of it’s iPhones, it may be just what it will take to get Apple to the table to negotiate a settlement.
Apple and Qualcomm have been taking this battle out in courtrooms all over the world and so far, the one who has come out on the victorious end has been Apple.
The accusations of patent infringement started after Apple accused Qualcomm of abusing its leadership position in the processor market in order to manipulate rising royalty fees.
Unfortunately, to Qualcomm’s detriment, it has been determined by several governments around the world including the US and South Korea that Qualcomm has used its position as the foremost chipmaker manufacturer to monopolize the market and overcharge device manufacturers.