Apple to issue software update to avoid Chinese iPhone sales ban

Apple to issue software update to avoid Chinese iPhone sales ban

Apple to issue software update to avoid Chinese iPhone sales ban

Apple Inc. says a Chinese ban on sales of the iPhone will force it to settle a long and bitter licensing battle with Qualcomm Inc., an outcome that may end up harming the country's smartphone industry and give its fiercest legal rival a boost.

"We plan to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models", Jiang Hongyi, a lawyer at Lexfield Law Offices who is representing Qualcomm in its patent suits, told the FT. This software update is meant to address the patent issues with the iPhones.

The two USA companies are locked in a global dispute over licensing fees that Qualcomm charges for use of technology that the chip maker says underpins all modern phone systems. It creates uncertainty over Apple's business in one of its biggest markets at a time when concerns over waning demand for new iPhones are battering its shares.

Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, said: "Apple continues to disregard and violate the Fuzhou court's orders".

Despite the efforts from the Qualcomm, Apple has again filed a request to reconsider the order in the court. Apple claims that the current version, iOS 12, doesn't infringe Qualcomm's patents-though Qualcomm denies this. Currently, all the models of the iPhone are available in China.

Qualcomm was not pleased by Apple's decision to merely update its phones, releasing a strongly worded statement of its own. After bringing suit against Apple a year ago in an effort to ban iPhone sales in the U.S., Qualcomm came under fire from companies such as Intel for anti-competitive behavior.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm is pushing even harder on Apple, apparently emblazoned by the preliminary injunctions win this week. But it was not clear whether this referred to the latest case or their broader legal dispute. The ban would take some time to implement and was appealed by Apple, but it could potentially cost Apple millions of dollars a day.

Apple did not immediately respond to questions about the reconsideration request and Reuters was not independently able to confirm its authenticity.

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