The Apple-Qualcomm legal battle has turned out to be a cat and mouse game, it seems. Qualcomm wants the sale of Apple’s newest iPhones banned in China following the patent infringement ruling in favor of the chip maker. The patent in question has to do with resizing images and app management.
Apple, meanwhile, is doing everything it can to avoid the sales ban on iPhone in that country. Just yesterday, the company pushed out its latest update, iOS 12.1.2 to take care of the two software features under scrutiny.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm believes that Apples is still violating the court order by not stopping its phone sales in China.
“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.
It is still not clear if Apple has fulfilled the patent infringement ruling by patching up with its latest update. It appears that for the Cupertino, California-based company, the current legal saga has been drawn longer than anticipated and blown out of proportion.
Qualcomm has its reason to go after Apple. And it’s more than just the two software patents that Apple has been accused of infringing. For one thing, the iPhone maker won’t be using Qualcomm’s 5G modem for its next generation of iPhones. Furthermore, Qualcomm is facing a hefty $1 billion lawsuit from Apple in the US.
Apple has been mute about its continued sale of iPhones in China despite the court ruling. For now, Qualcomm is on Apple’s tail and will drag the phone maker until its wallet is hurt.
However, we are waiting for the outcome of Apple’s appeal in the Chinese court and if, as Qualcomm vehemently says, the company will be found in violation of the court ruling and any financial repercussions thereafter.