A Chinese court has banned the import and sale of the majority of iPhone models due to the company’s alleged infringements on patents held by chip supplier Qualcomm.
The Court in east China’s Fujian Province granted the two preliminary injunctions at the requested of American microchip maker Qualcomm.
The company claims that four Apple subsidiaries violated two of its patents in China. The patents, related to reformatting photographs and managing apps on a touchscreen, allegedly infringed through the unlicensed importation, sale and offers for sale in China. The iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are the models in question.
The ruling was announced on Monday but was already put into effect last week. Apple has since filed a request for the court to reconsider its decision, but the court said there was no second instance due to the ruling having been within the scope of a patent injunction.
This ruling marks another chapter in the months-long international dispute the companies have been engaged in.