Software update to resolve Qualcomm’s case: Apple Inc

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm had disclosed, a Chinese court had ordered a ban on the sales of selected older iPhone models for violating two of its patents.

With Apple Inc facing a court ban in China over some of its iPhone models over alleged intellectual property infringements of Qualcomm Inc patents, Cupertino said on Friday, it would push software updates to resolve potential issues.

In a statement, Apple said, it would push out software updates at the start of next week “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order”.

Earlier this week, U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm had disclosed, a Chinese court had ordered a ban on the sales of selected older iPhone models for violating two of its patents.

Intellectual property lawyers have opined, the ban would take some time to enforce.

“Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance,” said Apple. “Early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case.”

The case, brought on by Qualcomm, is part of a global patent dispute between the two U.S. giants and includes dozens of lawsuits. The lawsuit creates an uncertainty over Apple’s business in China – one of its biggest market. The court ordered ban comes at a time midst concerns over waning demand for new iPhones which have hammered its shares.

In a statement, Qualcomm stated, the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China had concluded that Apple had infringed on two of its patents and had ordered an immediate ban on sales of older iPhone models ranging from the 6S through the X.

Apple stated, all of its phone models continue to remain on sale in mainland China and that it has filed a request for reconsideration with the court.

On Friday, all of Apple’s iPhones appeared to be available for purchase on its China website.

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