The ban was in response to an injunction sought by Qualcomm which is embroiled in numerous lawsuits against Apple and vice versa, CNBC reported.
Two preliminary injunctions were granted on Monday by the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China in response to patent violation claims by Qualcomm.
The two patents in question are for functionality that allows users to reformat photos and manage applications on a touchscreen when using phone apps.
“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 has also filed cases in China against Qualcomm. Two lawsuits accuse Qualcomm of abusing its power in the processor industry and failing to honour promises to broadly license standard essential patents at a reasonable price.
And in July last year, Qualcomm asked the US International Trade Commission to block imports of iPads and iPhones that do not include its chipsets and to prevent sale of such devices which are already in the country.