(Yicai Global) Dec. 11 -- A court in China's Fujian province has suspended sales of a handful of iPhone models after a lawsuit from Qualcomm accused Apple of patent infringement.
The temporary ban extends to the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X, Qualcomm said in a statement. The San Diego-based chipmaker believes Apple has violated two patents that allow users to resize photos and manage apps via touch screen, though the suit does not cover the latest iPhone handsets, the XS, XS Max and XR, which were released after the case was filed.
Attempts to ban Apple products are acts of despair on Qualcomm's part, the Cupertino-based smartphone maker told Yicai Global, adding that Chinese consumers can still buy all iPhone models and that it is appealing the decision.
Apple shares [NASDAQ:AAPL] opened yesterday down 2.1 percent, but rallied to close up 0.66 percent at USD169.6. Qualcomm [NASDAQ:QCOM] started the day strong, up 3.1 percent, and closed up 2.2 percent at USD57.24.
The battle with Apple will be resolved with or without the courts, but Qualcomm cannot yet predict when the solution will come, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon had said in an interview with Yicai Global several days ago.
Qualcomm is looking to altering its strategy so it could avoid any form of business with Apple while maintaining growth, Amon added, saying the newest iPhones do not use Qualcomm products and that this will hamper the chipmaker's performance in the first half of its 2019 fiscal year, which ends March 31.
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