Qualcomm building in San Diego
A Qualcomm sign is pictured at one of its many campus buildings in San Diego. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A Chinese court has halted the sale of iPhones in that country in the latest development in Qualcomm‘s long-running battle with Apple over alleged patent infringement.

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced Monday that the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court granted two preliminary injunctions against four Chinese subsidiaries of Apple, ordering them to immediately cease infringing upon two Qualcomm patents through the importation and sale in China of the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X models.

“Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us,” said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s executive vice president and general counsel. “These court orders are further confirmation of the strength of Qualcomm’s vast patent portfolio.”

The injunctions, issued Nov. 30, were in connection with two patents previously found to be valid by the Chinese patent office. The patents enable smartphone users to adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photographs, and to manage applications using a touch screen when viewing, navigating and dismissing applications on their phones.

Qualcomm stock was trading near $58 per share on Monday morning, up more than 3 percent, after the news of the injunctions was released.

Apple told CNBC that it plans to appeal the ruling, accusing Qualcomm of a “desperate move.” Apple said all
iPhone models remain available for sale in China.

Updated at 11:25 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.