Qualcomm has asked China to block the iPhone XS and iPhone XR after a recent win in court which issued a preliminary ban on Apple’s older phones.
Qualcomm is increasing its efforts to put an extra pressure on Apple in the hopes of forcing the iPhone maker into settlement talks, after claiming a key breakthrough in the two companies’ multibillion-dollar legal battle over smartphone patents.
According to the reports, Qualcomm has now asked Chinese courts to issue an order that is going to ban Apple from selling the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR in China because of the same case of possible patent infringement.
The court orders have been so far ignored by Apple regarding the sales of its phone.
According to Apple, the ban is only applicable to the iPhones operating on iOS 11 and earlier. Since their iPhones are now updated to iOS 12, Apple believes they can remain on sale, and so it has continued to sell them.
These lawsuits can result in damaging Apple’s reputation all around the world and can cause a big decrease in sales in the world’s biggest smartphone market.
It will also examine that whether the Chinese courts can be an ally to Qualcomm in its global dispute with Apple over license fees.
Qualcomm was able to win the first battle against Apple regarding iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X by showing to a court that it was likely to win a patent infringement case.
These two companies are engaged in a massive legal battle all around the world, and it seems like Qualcomm is on the losing side.
Many governments have accused Qualcomm of alleged anti-competitive behavior, which is the same thing Apple is suing Qualcomm for.