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Apple and Qualcomm dispute takes centre stage in China

By Jay Jackson, Shanghai News
11 Dec 2018, 09:44 GMT+10

BEIJING, China - A court in China has issued a nationwide ban on the sales and marketing of a range of Apple iPhones, citing a burgeoning patent dispute involving iP{hone manufacturer Apple and U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm.

The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court was responding to a request for interlocutory relief by Qualcomm which was seeking preliminary injunctions against 4 Apple Inc., subsidiaries requiring them to immediately stop selling the iPhone 6S through the iPhone X that use older versions of Apple's iOS operating system.

Apple said in a statement released on Monday that its iPhones that use newer operating systems are still on sale in China.

The Chinese court, in granting relief, found Apple violated two of Qualcomm software patents involving resizing photographs and managing applications on a touch screen.

Apple shares fell Monday when the news broke, however by the day's end had recovered to trade $1.11 higher at $169.60.

"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 its statement.

Qualcomm's general counsel, Don Rosenberg, said in a statement Monday "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."

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