China has banned the sale of Iphone 6s, 6s plus, 7, 7 plus, 8, 8 plus And X due to a recent dispute between Qualcomm and Apple. Below is a little info about qualcomm and apple and their fight.
Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services.
It gets most of its revenue from chipmaking and other profits from Patent licensing businesses. Qualcomm headquarters is located in San Diego, California, United states, and has 224 worldwide locations.
Apple is an American multinational technology company headquatered in cupertino, california, that designs, develops and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services.
Some of Apple’s hardware products include : iphone smartphone, ipad tablet computer, the mac personal computer, the apple watch smartwatch, the apple tv digital media player and the homepod smart speaker. Its softwares include : the mac OS and the iOS operating systems, the itunes media player, and the safari web browser and the iLife.
There has been a long and harsh fight in court between Qualcomm and Apple in the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China, which ruled in favor of Qualcomm. This decision is regarding two patent infringement claims by Qualcomm. The decision has successfully prohibited all importation and sales of iPhone smartphones in China. This decision is a big blow to Apple since China is the world’s biggest phone market.
Apple has promised to appeal the judgment. The relationship between the two organizations has been damaged severely. This implies that Apple infringed two Qualcomm licenses identified with resizing photographs and arranging applications. General counsel for Qualcomm Don Rosenberg told Reuters in an announcement “Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us.”
Apple says : “Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world,” Apple also said. “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.”
Qualcomm is also fighting to block the sales of the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X in the United States.