A couple of days back Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was hit with a sales ban on older iPhones in China. Law authorities in China held that Apple had infringed on two Qualcomm patents related to photo editing and swiping on a touch-screen device.
It seems that the storm clouds are dispersed as Apple Inc. said on Friday it would push software updates to users in a bid to resolve potential issues.
Apple Files Request for Reconsideration of Ban with Court
In its statement sent to Reuters, Apple said that the company would carry out the software updates at the start of next week “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order.”
Notably, Apple is facing a court ban in China on some of its iPhone models over alleged infringement of Qualcom Inc patents.
According to Qualcomm, a Chinese court had issued a ban on sales of some older iPhone models for breaching two of its patents. However, intellectual property lawyers were of the opinion that this ban would likely to take time to impose.
Apple further added, “Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance.”
“Early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case.”
Apple is in a tight corner as this ban is enforced at a time when new iPhones are not performing well regarding sales. Many lawsuits have been exchanged between the two US companies, who are in dispute about global patents.
As per Qualcomm, Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China issued an immediate ban on sales of older iPhones – from iPhone 6s to iPhone X – following Apple’s infringement on two patents held by the global chipmaker.
Apple has filed a reconsideration request with the court and shared a copy of this request with Reuters.
A disadvantage to Local Suppliers
In its reconsideration request, Apple states that the ban on iPhone sales will affect Chinese suppliers and consumers, and tax revenue paid to authorities.
Apple and Qualcomm have been involved in legal disputes for a long time, and therefore Apple is still not clear whether this ban is referred to the latest case or the broader legal dispute.
Qualcomm has paid a 300 million yuan ($43.54 million) to compensate potential damages to Apple from this sales ban; on the other hand, Apple is ready to pay a “counter security” of double that amount to get the ban removed.
Both parties have not come to the terms whether the court decree means iPhones sales must be stopped. The preliminary official order says an immediate block, however, lawyers maintain that Apple could take steps to stall the process. Interestingly, all iPhone models are available for purchase on Apple’s China website on Friday.
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