Reference News Network reported on Dec. 17 that overseas media said Qualcomm was slashing Apple in an attempt to sell all its mobile phones in mainland China. The friction between Qualcomm and Apple has escalated after Qualcomm won the ban on the sale of the iPhone. The company claims to have filed a lawsuit in Chinese courts to ban the sale of three new iPhone phones that Apple released this year: the iPhone XS/XSMax and the iPhone XR.
Qualcomm informs Apple that it is still in China
Qualcomm filed a lawsuit in Chinese courts on December 14 to ban the sale of new iPhones in an attempt to put additional pressure on Apple to negotiate a settlement.
On November 30, Fuzhou Intermediate Peoples Court issued a preliminary injunction banning the import and sale of seven Apple smartphones in China, ranging from the launch of the iPhone 6S in 2015 to the launch of the iPhone X last year.
According to the courts ruling, Apple only needs to upgrade its software to avoid a ban, Apple said. However, Qualcomm officials denied the claim, saying that the ban was directed at the product itself, not the operating system.
Qualcomm immediately submitted video evidence of the dismantling and sale of the iPhone 8 to the court Tuesday, claiming that Apples actions violated the ban issued by the Chinese court.
Jiang Hongyi, a patent litigation representative for Qualcomm and a lawyer for Beijing Liande Law Firm, said: We plan to use the same patent to sue three new models of the iPhone.
Jiang Hongyi said: In Beijing, Qingdao and Guangzhou courts, patent lawsuits involving Apples new iPhone XS/XSMax and iPhone XR are being accepted.
Is Apple less likely to win?
The article argues that these lawsuits will likely undermine Apples reputation and sales in the worlds largest smartphone market.
Copies of court rulings obtained by the Financial Times to legal persons did not mention specific versions of iOS.
Apple filed its first $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm in January 2017. Apple said that Qualcomm abused its dominant position in the field of property rights and forced Apple to pay unfair authorization fees. Qualcomm decided to sue Apple upstream and downstream because of its refusal to pay royalties. The situation escalated rapidly, and lawsuits and counter-lawsuits happened frequently all over the world.
A German court is hearing Qualcomms lawsuit against Apple for infringement of five patents related to iOSs potlight search and power management functions.
Yuan Yang, a lawyer at Dabang Law Firm, said Apple could appeal the final ruling by offering compensation to Qualcomm and arguing that it was not in the public interest to ban the sale of mobile phones.
He Wengang, a lawyer at Haiwen Law Firm, pointed out: Usually, if the Court issues an injunction, it means that they are very convinced that Apple has infringed intellectual property rights. So I think Apple has little chance of winning in the end.
Market participants said that if Apple continues to blatantly violate the court injunction, the greater concern may be that Apple undermines relations with the Chinese government.
Want to get rid of Qualcomm Apples independent research and development chip
Apple is preparing to recruit cellular communications chip architects to develop its own communications chips, breaking Qualcomms bondage to the iPhone, in San Diego, where Qualcomm is based.
According to The Information, the recruitment announcement shows that Apple intends to recruit talents related to communication modules, prepare to develop its own communication chips, and even abandon its cooperation with Intel to develop its own products for the iPhone to enhance the integrity of product line planning, Taiwan Juheng reported Dec. 13.
In fact, as early as 2014, Apple has been actively tapping wireless communications engineers from Qualcomm and Broadcom to show its intention to produce chips.
The report pointed out that although this plan, due to the complexity of the built-in communication module chip of the iPhone, even if the recruitment campaign has been launched, the launch schedule will still take a long time, and it is expected that it will not be clear until 2021 at the earliest. Therefore, the first 5GiPhone launched in 2020 should still use Intels 5G chip.
The report believes that once Apple develops successfully, it will have an impact on global chip suppliers, especially Qualcomm and Intel.
The report said that although Apple chose to use Intel chips, it still believed that Intel components were not as good as Qualcomm components. Analyst tests also found that Qualcomm chips download 40% faster and upload 20% faster than Intel chips, so its no surprise that Apple is gradually developing chips on its own.
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Source: Reference News Network Responsible Editor: Yao Liwei_NT6056