Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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

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

Previously these models weren't included in the models violating two patents held by Qualcomm, which were the intellectual property of the chipmaker. The court order was based on two patents and apparently it referred only to the versions before iOS 12.

The update, which the company will start rolling early next week, should "address any possible concern about our compliance with the order", Apple told Reuters on Friday.

It's no longer a big secret that iPhone XR demand has failed to meet the initial expectations of both Apple and most reputable industry analysts, but the steady popularity of the company's older models and some encouraging recent signs in the supply chain suggested the overall decline in unit shipments wouldn't be so bad after all. This ban was a result of victory to Qualcomm in winning a preliminary junction in the court.

In spite of the court injunctions, Apple has not pulled the affected iPhone models from its official online and offline sales platforms in China. Moreover, the company has also filed a request for reconsideration with the court, which could end up at China's Supreme Court. Qualcomm sued Apple in China in late 2017, saying that iPhones infringe on features related to resizing photographs and managing apps on a touchscreen.

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"That's one of the reasons why in a very complicated patent litigation case the judge would be reluctant to grant a preliminary injunction", said Yiqiang Li, a patent lawyer at Faegre Baker Daniels.

Apple hit by China iPhone sales ban - but will it be enforced? On Thursday, Qualcomm confirmed that it has called on the court to enforce the rulings. The ban would take some time to implement and was appealed by Apple, but it could potentially cost Apple millions of dollars a day.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm has persuaded the US International Trade Commission to consider banning imports of iPhones that use Intel chips, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. "That's always the game".

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