Qualcomm submits enforcement action of iPhone sales ban to court in China

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/12/26 17:43:40

Chipmaker Qualcomm said on Wednesday it has submitted the notice of enforcement of an iPhone sales ban to the court in China. A lawyer representing Qualcomm said under Chinese rules of civil procedure, Qualcomm has the right to apply to the court to fine, detain or bar Apple's four legal representatives in China from leaving the country.

Qualcomm's lawyer, Jiang Hongyi, told the Global Times that according to the Article 111, Paragraph 6 of China's civil procedure law, the court can fine or detain the principal person or person directly responsible if they don't comply with the court verdict.

"Qualcomm's campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies. Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers," Apple said in a recent announcement.

Apple acknowledged the company hasn't stopped selling the products that were under injunction due to its dispute with Qualcomm.

In addition, Qualcomm was not satisfied with Apple's contradictory reactions to the court decisions in China and Germany, since Apple ceased selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models at 15 retail stores in Germany during its appeal process.

A source with knowledge of the matter told the Global Times that Apple's contradictory behavior in China and Germany comes from the different patents in two countries: the patents in China's case are not core software and Apple has updated the software, but the patent in Germany's case belongs to a hardware patent.

In early December, a Chinese court in Fuzhou, East China's Fujian Province, made an injunction against Apple from selling seven older versions of the iPhone, since the company infringed on two of Qualcomm's patents.

Global Times

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