More woes for Apple in China. A Chinese court banned the company from selling older iPhone models in China. It ruled that Apple had violated two patents belonging to chipmaker Qualcomm. Apple said it'll appeal. Intellectual property lawyers say enforcing the ban is still a distant threat.
That's because this case is part of a global patent dispute between the two U.S. companies. Lawyers say it'll drag on for a long time. Qualcomm says Apple infringed patents on features related to resizing pictures and managing apps on a touch screen. Apple called Qualcomm's efforts - in its words - "another despérate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation...
Patent lawyer Erick Robinson said, "There is probably a political play here. Apple is a direct competitor to the biggest companies in China, whereas Qualcomm is a supplier."
Qualcomm sells to big Chinese smartphone makers such as Xiaomi and Vivo, whereas Apple competes against Huawei Technologies.