Qualcomm, a leading chip making company on Thursday has urged the Chinese courts to impose a ban on the sales of Apple's new 2018 iPhones models. According to the report from Bloomberg, Qualcomm has asked for sales ban for Apple iPhones XS and iPhone XR post winning preliminary injunction against older models. Apple Watch Series 4 Now Getting ECG Feature With WatchOS 5.1.2 Update.
Earlier this week, a Chinese court ordered a sales ban of some old Apple iPhone against Qualcomm's patent violations. However, intellectual property lawyers said enforcement of the ban was likely still a distant threat.
"We plan to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models," Jiang Hongyi, a lawyer at Lexfield Law Offices who is representing Qualcomm in its patent suits, told the FT, which first reported the news on Thursday. Apple Appeals Against Broad iPhone Sales Ban in China.
The case against Apple is basically a part of a global patent dispute between the two tech giants which comprises of several lawsuits.
The iPhone maker on Monday mentioned that all the iPhones will remain on sale in the mainland China. Moreover, the company has also filed a request for reconsideration with the court, which could end up at China's Supreme Court.
The company has also mentioned that the new 2018 iPhone models were launched in the month of September this year and they were not part of the case. As far as sales are concerned, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan accounts about fifth of Apple's $265.6 billion in the recent fiscal year.