Software Update to Settle Patent Disputes Between Apple and Qualcomm

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In response to the iPhone sales ban made official by the Intermediate People’s Court of Fuzhou, China, Apple stated that it respected the court’s ruling, and will release an iPhone software update to resolve the secondary functions of the two patents involved in the case.

The updates will be carried out next week “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order”, the firm said in a statement sent to Reuters.

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Earlier this week, the Chinese court granted the infringement of two Qualcomm patents and issued injunctions against the sale of six older iPhone versions, though intellectual property lawyers said it takes time for the ban to be enforced. The patents concerned enable users to adjust and resize photos, as well as to use a touch screen when viewing and navigating apps.

“Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us,” said Don Rosenberg, general counsel of Qualcomm.

When the ruling came down, Apple stated that only devices running on older versions of iOS were in violation, meaning that the newer iOS 12 is in the clear. The targeted iPhones (6S through X) are capable of updating further, thus Apple seems to have fixed the patent issue.

Apple and Qualcomm are also fighting legal battles back in the US, and facing a trial in April next year over a patent dispute. Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission is battling Qualcomm in court next month over anti-trust issues regarding patents.

Judging from the way things are panning out, it seems that the update from Apple is enough to calm the storm between the two tech giants.

Featured photo credit to Apple