Apple to Resolve Qualcomm's Patent Dispute Through a Software Update in China

Apple to update iPhone software after threat of China ban

Apple to update iPhone software after threat of China ban

The initial injunction was based on Qualcomm's claim that Apple has infringed upon two patents dealing with software.

Apple has pledged to update its smartphone software in China to avoid a court-imposed sales ban following a legal spat with Qualcomm over alleged patent infringements.

Qualcomm was not pleased with the development, but as it continues to battle with Apple over the validity and application of its patents, it has publicly said that it wants to also target the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR models for injunctions.

In spite of the court injunctions, Apple has not pulled the affected iPhone models from its official online and offline sales platforms in China.

The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China sided with Qualcomm's argument that Apple's iDevices infringe its patents related to resizing images and using touch-based navigation apps. Qualcomm was once a key Apple supplier, providing baseband modems and more for iPhones and other devices.

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Earlier this week, a Chinese court banned the sales of a number of iPhone models for violating two of chip maker Qualcomm's patents.

Qualcomm had sued Apple over two patents, one about photo editing and the other one about touchscreen gestures. The ban would take some time to implement and was appealed by Apple, but it could potentially cost Apple millions of dollars a day. Apple, which has filed a request for consideration, argues the decision harms China's interests by potentially raising the royalties and fees that phonemakers pay Qualcomm. The Chinese government "may suffer hundreds of thousands of tax losses" from the iPhone ban because of lost taxes from sales of the devices, it said, citing estimates of 50 million units sold in the country in 2017.

Once Apple does push out an iOS update to its Chinese users, Qualcomm is unlikely to change its course of legal action.

Apple did not immediately respond to questions about the reconsideration request and Reuters was not independently able to confirm its authenticity.

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