Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Qualcomm Asks China To Ban iPhone XS, XR

Qualcomm Asks China To Ban iPhone XS, XR

Apple, however, could take steps to stall the ban.

Apple (AAPL) filed a request for "reconsideration" to the court on the sales ban on Monday and is awaiting the court's decision.

The spat between Qualcomm and Apple is showing signs of becoming the new Apple Vs Samsung - a falling out that kept lawyers busy for many years.

"We plan to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models", Jiang Hongyi, a lawyer representing Qualcomm in its numerous patent suits, told theFinancial Times.

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple is an ongoing one for the past few years with both companies suing each other on various counts and in multiple courts.

While this ban is definitely going to give a huge relief to Qualcomm, it is also going to further worsen the relationship between the two companies.

While it's unlikely that Apple will risk hurting its reputation and relationship with the Chinese government by publicly and blatantly ignoring the country's court order, it could question the feasibility of enforcing the ban later, according to Lin. Qualcomm claims that Apple infringed on two of its patents.

The smartphone maker is reportedly accusing Qualcomm of playing dirty business tricks, including asserting patents that the company had never used before as well as a patent that already had been invalidated by several global courts.

According to Qualcomm's U.S. lawsuit, Apple's goal was to buy mobile chips from Intel instead of depending on Qualcomm. The company is also said to be working on its own ARM-based SoCs for use in Macs in 2020. 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.

China has been slighted lately as Huawei, one of its most successful telecom handset makers, has been dragged over the coals in the U.S. Carriers have dropped handsets and American government bodies have publicly accused the company of attempting to spy on behalf of the Chinese. Qualcomm first filed the current case in China late a year ago.

"This is what Qualcomm needed to get some leverage to try to get Apple to finalize a deal", said Mike Walkley at Canaccord Genuity LLC.

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