Qualcomm aims to ban sales of Apple's flagship phones in China


The ban on selling iPhones in Apple's second-largest market, if enforced, could have a major impact on the company's bottom line. In an effort to keep the momentum going against the company at Cupertino, the company is now asking the Chinese courts to ban sales of the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.

"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 Financial Times.

For the unaware, Qualcomm recently convinced a Chinese court to issue a temporary ban on the sale of many of Apple's older smartphones in the country. Apple also appealed the court's decision. The company has continued to sell all models of the iPhone in China, arguing that the case only applies to devices runnings iOS 11. Qualcomm has brought patent suits in China and other jurisdictions seeking bans on the sale of certain iPhone models to force Apple to the negotiating table. However, the court ruling reviewed by Yahoo Finance doesn't mention any specific version of iOS.

"Apple will be forced to settle with the Respondent, causing all mobile phone manufacturers to relapse into the previous unreasonable charging mode and pay high licensing fees, resulting in unrecoverable losses in the downstream market of mobile phones", the iPhone maker said in the Dec 10 filing to the court.

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People look at iPhones at the World Trade Center Apple Store during a Black Friday sales event in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 23, 2018.

Unsurprisingly, Apple didn't take this sitting down, and is now appealing the initial ruling.

The agency would also consider how long it would take Apple to design around Qualcomm's patented battery-saving technology, what national security concerns would be implicated by an sales ban and whether a limited import ban could be adopted, it said. With no sign of a settlement agreement on the horizon, Qualcomm remains intent on turning up the pressure on Apple.

Krystal Hu covers technology and trade for Yahoo Finance.