A Chinese court ordered a ban on iPhone sales in a patent dispute between US chip maker Qualcomm and Apple, according to a Qualcomm statement.
Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court granted Qualcomm’s request for two preliminary injunctions against four subsidiaries of Apple, ordering them to immediately to stop selling the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Don Rosenberg, a Qualcomm executive vice-president and general counsel stated “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.”
The China case is based on patents which enable consumers to adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photographs and manage applications using a touchscreen.
An Apple statement called Qualcomm’s effort a “desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world.”
Apple stated “all iPhone models remain available for our customers in China. We will pursue all our legal options through the courts.”
Qualcomm is the leading supplier of chips for mobile devices, has been in legal battle with Apple in recent years.
Qualcomm is presently facing antitrust probes in South Korea, the European Union, and the United States over its dominant position.