iPhones get banned in China for violating Qualcomm patents

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Qualcomm has been trying to ban certain iPhones in the US for more than a year now, stating that they were infringing on its patents. It was ultimately unsuccessful since the law sided with Apple. However, the chipmaker has scored a big victory in China since the country has banned a number of iPhones based on its claims.

Qualcomm had asked the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China to issue two injunctions against Apple. It wanted the latter to stop selling the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. The company told the court that these models were violating two of its software patents.

Apple Ignores China

China and Apple have had a tumultuous history together. It’s no surprise that the country would rule against the firm when it’s done the same so many times before. Surprisingly, the US-based brand is ignoring the court’s ruling. It’s still selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 on its official Chinese site and has issued a statement reaffirming that all iPhones are available in China.

Apple also said that iOS 12 doesn’t infringe on the patents. Qualcomm had a different story to tell, informing Fudzilla that the court order isn’t specific to an OS version. It’s also going to go after the company if it doesn’t stop selling iPhones.

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As per CNN, Apple has filed a request with the court to reconsider the decision. It’s not clear which way the law will swing at this point. Some say this has less to do with Qualcomm and more to do with politics. The US and China are currently fighting a trade war, although there is a 90-day truce currently in progress.

Moreover, Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, recently got arrested in Canada and is due to get extradited to the US for violating sanctions against Iran. China is extremely angry about this and might be turning its fury against one of the US’ most popular products – the iPhone.