Qualcomm won a surprising victory against Apple in China earlier this week when it was ordered to import and sell iPhone in the country.
However, this victory was more theoretical than practical: the order was used for older models, and apparently only on the basis of the version of IOS they ran when they were first for sale. Apple continued to sell all its iPhone models in China.
Qualcomm has announced today …
Reuters reports that the chip maker now goes after iPhone XS, XS Max and XR
Qualcomm asks the courts in China to ban the sale of Apple's latest iPhone models XS and XR after winning a preliminary injunction against older models, reported the Financial Times on Thursday […]
"We are planning to use the same patents to appeal to the three new iPhone models," said Jiang Hongyi, a lawyer at Lexfield Law Offices, representing Qualcomm in the patent package, told FT.
The case is a bizarre. Unlike previous laws that have centered on whether Apple violated Qualcomm's power management patents regarding Intel chips used In later iPhones, this case was related to patent claims by resizing images and using touch-based navigation apps.
The request request was not expected to succeed, but on p Oil factors may have played a role – China sees the matter as an opportunity to send a message to the US government over Trump's threatened import tariffs on Chinese goods, and a delivery request for a senior Huawei exec.
Apple claims that the patent claims apply only to earlier versions of IOS and that none of the disputed codes are found in IOS 12, and the company is therefore free to continue selling all its iPhone models in China. Qualcomm now calls the court to enforce the order.
China is not the only country where Qualcomm tries to get iPhones banned: it has not yet given up on its attempt to get a ban on imports in the United States. Despite the fact that a referee refused his request last year, it has continued to push the International Trade Commission (ITC) to do that – and the agency has said it has now been reviewed.
While Qualcomm at one point seemed to hope to fix things with Apple hoping to get future sales, the company now seems to have decided it will not happen and that it has nothing to lose all-out war. Apple seems equally determined to fight to the end. None of the pages seem to be afraid to get their hands dirty.
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