The dispute between Qualcomm and Apple seals a new chapter in its history thanks to the decision of the International People's Court in Fuzhou, Apple's fault that it violates two patents owned by Qualcomm.
According to Qualcomm, as part of this decision, the court would have ordered Apple to stop selling older iPhone models in China. That is, the company could not sell appliances with The lower operating systems iOS 12, which is the root of this problem.
In this way, models such as iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will no longer be available in China.
A measure that Apple has rejected The New York Times, noting that they will continue to sell their phones.
"Qualcomm's efforts to ban our products are another desperate move from a company whose illegal practices are being investigated by regulators around the world," said Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock. Rosenstock added, "In the case of the Chinese court, Qualcomm has challenged Apple with three patents it has never filed before, including the one that has already been canceled."
The sanction imposed by the Chinese court refers to two patents: one that allows consumers adjust and reformat the size and type of photos and one more manage applications using a touchscreen view, view, and reject apps.
These two features are part of iOS from the first versions when Apple paid for its use by Qualcomm by January 2017, the date on which the disputes between the two companies started exactly for the costs of extending this contract.
In this scenario, Apple must stop selling sanctioned products in DecemberAlthough there is an opportunity for the company to continue to sell the equipment with new software. Option not satisfying Qualcomm.
"Apple continues to take advantage of our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us," said Don Rosenberg, Executive Vice President and Qualcomm General Counsel, who said the company would ask the Chinese courts to enforce the decision.