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Apple appeals against broad iPhone sales ban in China

IANS  |  Beijing 

has appealed against a ruling that banned the sale and import of most models after granting an injunction against Apple, a stunning decision that comes amid the trade war between the US and China, reported.

accused of playing dirty tricks, including asserting a patent that had already been invalidated by international courts, and other patents that it had never before used.

"Qualcomm's effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world," said in a statement on Monday.

The ban does not cover the new XS, XS Plus or iPhone XR, which were not yet available when Qualcomm, an American microchip maker, filed its lawsuit, reported.

The ruling was announced publicly on Monday but put into effect last week, but Apple said in a statement that all iPhone models remain available in

The phones covered by the ban make up about 10 per cent to 15 per cent of current iPhone sales in China, according to Daniel Ives, at

The court granted a pair of preliminary injunctions requested by

Qualcomm claims that Apple violates two of its patents in the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

The patents allow people to edit and resize photos on a phone and to manage apps by using a touchscreen, according to Qualcomm.

The practical effect of the injunction is not yet clear.

"If Apple is violating the orders, Qualcomm will seek enforcement of the orders through enforcement tribunals that are part of the system," quoted Don Rosenberg, for Qualcomm, as saying on Monday.

Qualcomm applauded the ruling, saying Apple owes it money for using its

Apple and Qualcomm are suing one another in courts across the world. Billions of dollars are at stake, and each side has claimed some victories.

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First Published: Tue, December 11 2018. 10:50 IST
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