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Qualcomm accuses Apple of ignoring iPhone sales ban in China

Qualcomm Inc. is crying foul after Apple Inc. continued to sell older iPhones in China despite a preliminary court order to ban sales of the devices in the country, Reuters reported Dec. 17.

The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China earlier found that Apple had infringed on two Qualcomm patents related to adjusting the size and appearance of photographs and managing applications using a touch-screen device. The court issued a preliminary injunction banning the import and sales of Apple's iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X models.

Apple, however, continued to sell the iPhones in China, and pushed out a software update Dec. 17 "to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order."

"Despite Apple's efforts to downplay the significance of the order and its claims of various ways it will address the infringement, Apple apparently continues to flout the legal system by violating the injunctions," Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's general counsel, told Reuters in a statement. "They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court."

Qualcomm is also looking to broaden the ban in China to sales of the latest models: the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.