Apple appeals China iPhone sales ban

CNBC reports that Apple is appealing a decision that bans certain iPhone models from being sold in China. This after chipmaker Qualcomm was granted multiple injunctions against Apple’s Chinese subsidiaries earlier on Monday (10 December), following its claims that Apple infringed on two of its patents. The two preliminary injunctions were granted by the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China. The patents relate to features which allow users to adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photographs, and to manage applications using a touch screen when viewing, navigating and dismissing apps on their phones.

The sales ban means that Apple is prohibited from selling the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X in China. Apple said that it did not violate these patents and that the ban goes beyond the scope of the injunction itself.

The dispute is yet another chapter in the ongoing legal saga between the two firms, which resulted in Apple abandoning Qualcomm’s cellular modems earlier this year. It stems from Qualcomm charging patent royalties, which Apple has described as extortionist.

“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. All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China,” Apple said in a statement.



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