Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Apple will update iPhones to end Qualcomm legal battle

Apple will update iPhones to end Qualcomm legal battle

Apple's update would presumably alter or remove some of the phones' features, but the company told Reuters the functionality related to the patents was "minor".

Apparently, the chipset company thinks otherwise and now filed for an injunction of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR in China as the next step in its legal battle with Apple.

In spite of the court injunctions, Apple has not pulled the affected iPhone models from its official online and offline sales platforms in China.

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

The two patents have to do with resizing photographs, and managing apps on a phone's touch screen.

But Apple isn't ready to capitulate to Qualcomm's demands.

Should the Chinese courts deem the software update to not be enough to avoid the ban, Apple concedes it would have no other option but to settle with Qualcomm.

Apple will push a software update to Chinese iPhone users early next week, aiming to modify functions that a local court found had infringed on a pair of key Qualcomm patents.

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.

Qualcomm's allegations come after Apple accused it of unfairly increasing its royalty fees due to its dominance over the chip market.

Qualcomm remedied that oversight this week, asking the same Chinese court to ban sales of the XS and XR. 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.

First and foremost, Apple says banning iPhones would basically force it to settle with Qualcomm, and this would cause not only a major financial hit for the Cupertino-based giant, but also for other companies that would have to pay more for licensing. But it looks like the chipmaker is hell bent on preventing Apple from selling any iPhone in the country.

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