Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

United States tribunal to review ruling on Qualcomm request for iPhone ban

United States tribunal to review ruling on Qualcomm request for iPhone ban

While iPhones remain on store shelves pending a decision on Apple's appeal, a negative outcome could affect its sales in the world's biggest market for smartphones, where the company generates about a fifth of its revenue. While urging the enforcement of the existing ban, Qualcomm also seeks to expand the ban as it plans to use the same patents to file another lawsuit against Apple about its three new iPhone models, XS, XS Max and XR, according to the Financial Times. On Thursday, Qualcomm confirmed that it has called on the court to enforce the rulings. "My understanding is the ban should be enforced and could extend to new models based on recent Qualcomm court filings".

Of course, just because Qualcomm has asked the court for further action to be taken against Apple doesn't mean the request will be granted; nor is there any guarantee that Apple will honour such demands even if they are successful. The company has already started an appeal process, asking the court to reconsider its decision. Apple believes that the allegations of Qualcomm on iPhones can most likely be fixed by their latest iOS 12, which now supports all the older iPhone models in the above mentioned category. "When Qualcomm sued Apple, it submitted an appraisal report, which is based on the mobile phone and system version reviewed by the agency at the time".

Unsurprisingly, Apple didn't take this sitting down, and is now appealing the initial ruling.

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While the ban is only limited to China, it's another chapter in the ongoing and messy legal saga between the two tech giants, which resulted in Apple dumping Qualcomm's (superior) cellular modems earlier this year.

Chip maker Qualcomm caught everyone's attention earlier this week when it obtained an injunction that would prevent the import and sale of iPhones in China.

Qualcomm was said to have withheld over $1 billion in rebates owed to them over the fact that Apple gave information to legal authorities, which may have led to an $857 million United States dollars fine levied against Qualcomm in South Korea. "So there is still a chance for them to reach an agreement".

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