Apple files an appeal against a decision that bans sales of certain iPhone models in China
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Apple is appealing a decision that bans certain iPhone models from being marketed in China. The Cupertino-based giant filed an appeal on Monday, after San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm was granted multiple orders against Chinese subsidiaries of Apple reports CNBC, an authoritative news website.

After San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm was granted multiple injunctions against the Chinese subsidiaries of Apple , an appeal filed on Monday.

This means Apple is prohibited from selling iPhone 7, iPhone 6S Plus, the iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X domestically in China. Qualcomm claims that Apple infringed on two of its patents.

The patents relate to features which allow users to adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photos, and to handle applications.

Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm executive vice president and general counsel, in an online statement said,

“Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us. These Court orders are further confirmation of the strength of Qualcomm’s vast patent portfolio”

While the ban is only limited to China, it is another chapter in the continuing and messy legal saga involving the two tech giants, that led to Apple dumping Qualcomm’s (superior) mobile modems earlier this year.

The dispute stems from Qualcomm’s charging of patent royalties, which Apple has decried as extortionist.

Apple said in a statement to the news outlet,

“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. All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China”

In addition to the above statement, the tech giant also states that they’ll take all legal options through the courts which is keeping Chinese consumers away from certain Apple products. Below is the exact statement which was made by the giant,

“We will pursue all our legal options through the courts.”

The Geek Herald has reached out for comment to Apple.


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