Qualcomm wants iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XR banned in China too

"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".

Earlier this week, a Chinese court issued a set of preliminary injunctions in the patent fight between Apple and Qualcomm.

Note that Qualcomm asked Chinese courts to ban Apple's newer phones - the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR - just days after it won the first injunction against Apple. The filing points that the ban would force settle Apple's ongoing dispute with Qualcomm.

Apple will carry out the software updates at the start of next week "to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order", the firm said in a statement sent to Reuters.

On Monday the Fuzhou Intermediate Peoples Court in China banned the import and sale of select iPhones due to a lawsuit between Qualcomm and Apple. However Apple claimed the chip-maker was trying to squeeze an unfair percentage of licensing fees out of the deal, and artificially control the LTE market.

The ruling from a local court - which came as Washington and Beijing embark on sensitive trade negotiations - pivots the battle over patent fees to the world's largest mobile arena. Apple didn't respond to requests for comment.

Should the Chinese courts deem the software update to not be enough to avoid the ban, Apple concedes it would have no other option but to settle with Qualcomm. Qualcomm has countered that Apple is using its intellectual property without paying for it, and the legal cases are aimed at forcing it to lower licensing charges.

The two USA companies are locked in a worldwide dispute over licensing fees that Qualcomm charges for use of technology that the chipmaker says underpins all modern phone systems.

Well, whatever the thing is, the new order from the court has the potential to disrupt Apple's business in China.

The US company said it was taking that step to ensure it complies fully with the ruling, which resulted in sales injunctions against six older versions of Apple's most important device.

"Apple and many other companies, consumers, and government will suffer truly irreparable harm", it says.

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