In the latest barb in a lengthy intellectual property legal fight between the two tech giants, Qualcomm says Apple can no longer legally sell the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X in China.
In a patent battle that has been waged between the two companies over claims from Qualcomm that Apple uses its patented technology, within phones running the iOS 11 operating system, without permission.
8220;We deeply value our relationships with customers, rarely resorting to the courts for assistance, but we also have an abiding belief in the need to protect intellectual property rights,8221; said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm8217;s general counsel.
8220;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.8221;
For Apple8217;s part, a spokesperson issued a strong statement, pointing out all models remain on sale in China, calling Qualcomm8217;s legal challenge a 8220;desperate move.8221; It also said the legal injunction pertains to patents that Qualcomm is yet to raise.
8220;All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China. Qualcomm is asserting three patents they had never raised before, including one which has already been invalidated. We will pursue all our legal options through the courts.8221;