The never-ending legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm has taken yet another turn. After managing to ban multiple iPhone models in China earlier this week, Qualcomm is now trying to ban Apple’s two newest iPhone models.
According to Financial Times, Qualcomm is seeking an injunction to ban the sale of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR in China on the basis of the same patent infringement that got the other iPhone models banned.
With the earlier ban, Qualcomm managed to successfully to ban the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X over patent infringement. The patents related to app management and resizing photos, but Apple countered that its newest version of iOS doesn’t violate those patents. It’ll likely use the same argument to fight the latest injunction trying to ban its newer iPhone models.
The Financial Times went on to reveal Qualcomm’s latest tactic is aimed at trying to force Apple into settlement talks. While Qualcomm managed to score a victory in banning specific iPhone models, but for the most part has not had a successful battle with Apple. Not only is Apple defiantly still selling the banned iPhone models in China, Qualcomm is also embroiled in other legal battles with multiple regulatory bodies across the world, including in the US.
Settling things with Apple could mean one less battle for Qualcomm, but the bridge between the two companies seems to have been burned down for good. Apple is already planning to make its own modems by 2021 to cut all ties with Qualcomm.
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