Qualcomm Asks Chinese Courts to Ban iPhone XS, iPhone XR Sales

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Qualcomm Asks Chinese Courts to Ban iPhone XS, iPhone XR Sales
Highlights
  • Qualcomm earlier won a preliminary injunction against older iPhone models
  • A China court had ordered sales ban for violating two patents of Qualcomm
  • The case is part of a global patent dispute between the two US companies

Chipmaker Qualcomm is asking courts in China to ban sales of Apple's latest iPhone models XS and XR after winning a preliminary injunction against older models, the company confirmed on Thursday.

On Monday, a Chinese court had ordered a sales ban of some older Apple iPhone models for violating two patents of Qualcomm, though intellectual property lawyers said enforcement of the ban was likely still a distant threat.

"We plan to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models," Jiang Hongyi, a lawyer at Lexfield Law Offices who is representing Qualcomm in its patent suits, told the FT, which first reported the news on Thursday.

The case, brought by Qualcomm, is part of a global patent dispute between the two US companies that includes dozens of lawsuits.

Apple said on Monday that all of its phone models remained on sale in mainland China and that it had filed a request for reconsideration with the court, the first step in a long appeal process that could end up at China's Supreme Court.

Apple had also said its three models released in September were not part of the case.

China, Hong Kong and Taiwan accounted for about a fifth of Apple's $265.6 billion (roughly  Rs. 19 lakh crores) in sales in its most recent fiscal year.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

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