Qualcomm believes that Apple continues to break two of its patents, despite the distributed system update last night. Last week, Qualcomm obtained an interim order in a Chinese court in Fuzhou to ban Apple from selling four generations of iPhones in the country, as well as importing them to China (iPhone 6s to X).
Apple had maintained their marketing, appealed the judgment and called the two infringing patents “minor functions” while promising to make a change in iOS. One of the patents relates to the resizing of an image intended for a wallpaper and the other on the manipulation of applications to switch from one to another.
According to Don Rosenberg, head of legal affairs for Qualcomm, the update 12.1.2 released yesterday does not change the matter, he explained to Reuters :
Despite Apple’s efforts to downplay the importance of the order and its claims that it would solve it in various ways, Apple apparently continues to flout the court system by violating injunctions.
Qualcomm provided Reuters with a copy of the injunction in which there is no mention of any particular version of iOS but software features. Apple for its part had hinted that the problem was only for iPhone using older versions of its system.
The details of this judgment in China are still rather confusing, but Qualcomm accuses Apple of deliberately misleading and fraudulent media statements and overruling the injunction. Apple, for its part, maintains that it thinks its update is sufficient to respond to the infringement charges.