Qualcomm Wins Preliminary Injunction Banning iPhone Sales in China, Apple Says All iPhones Will Remain Available

Qualcomm Wins Preliminary Injunction Banning iPhone Sales in China, Apple Says All iPhones Will Remain Available

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A court in China has granted Qualcomm's request for two preliminary injunctions banning Apple from importing and selling various iPhone models including the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

The patents asserted by Qualcomm enable consumers to adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photographs, and to manage applications using a touch screen when viewing, navigating and dismissing applications on their phones.

“We deeply value our relationships with customers, rarely resorting to the courts for assistance, but we also have an abiding belief in the need to protect intellectual property rights,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated. “Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us. These Court orders are further confirmation of the strength of Qualcomm’s vast patent portfolio.”

Apple says the injunction is a desperate move and doesn't affect any the iPhones currently being sold as the patents in question only apply to iOS 11 and not the current iOS 12 operating system.

"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."

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Qualcomm Wins Preliminary Injunction Banning iPhone Sales in China, Apple Says All iPhones Will Remain Available

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