21 January 2019
Qualcomm has stated that Apple has violated terms of its Chinese court’s orders to stop selling iPhones. Qualcomm has won a preliminary court order in China banning Apple from selling some older iPhone models as it was found violating two Qualcomm software patents. However, Apple has stated that all of its iPhones remain on sale in China.
Apple stated that it would push a software update to its iPhones this week. The Cupertino giant stated that it believed it was in compliance with the court’s orders and its software update will “address any possible concern about our compliance with the order. “The new update was pushed to iPhones on Monday, however, Apple has not confirmed it officially as yet.
“Despite Apple’s efforts to downplay the significance of the order and its claims of various ways it will address the infringement, Apple apparently continues to flout the legal system by violating the injunctions,” Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s general counsel stated.
“Apple’s statements following the issuance of the preliminary injunction have been deliberate attempts to obfuscate and misdirect,” Qualcomm’s Rosenberg. “They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court,” Rosenberg.
Qualcomm believes Apple is still in violation of the court’s orders as it continues to sell iPhones in China.
"Qualcomm's effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world," Apple said. "We will pursue all our legal options through the courts."