Tuesday, 11 December 2018 06:39

Apple to appeal ban on some iPhone models in China

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Apple has said it would appeal a court verdict in China that imposes a ban on the import and sale of some iPhone models in response to action by processor maker Qualcomm.

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.

“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 said in a statement.

“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.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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