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Chinese Anti-Counterfeit Alliance Urges Apple To Abide By Court Order On Ban Of iPhone

Chinese Anti-Counterfeit Alliance Urges Apple To Abide By Court Order On Ban Of iPhone
Apple was called on to abide by a court order that bans sales of some iPhones China by national anti-counterfeit alliance of the country.
The court order banning the sale of some models of iPhones was made in December by in relation to a case filed by chip maker Qualcomm. Since then Apple has made an appeal  to overturn the ban in a higher court.
Two preliminary injunctions were issued against four of Apple's Chinese subsidiaries for patent infringement by the court in China, the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court. Both the tech companies based out of California, US, have been entangled in a long drawn out court battle over patent infringement and royalties and many of the cases are being fought in multiple countries across the world.
The China Anti-Infringement and Anti-Counterfeit Innovation Strategic Alliance said in an English-language statement on its website on Thursday that the iPhone maker must respect the court "rather than defy and even trample the Chinese law by leveraging its super economic power and clout."
The degree of the influence of the alliance was not immediately clear.
According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, this non-government organization Beijing-based alliance has the objective of protecting intellectual property rights. The alliance is comprised of members that include a number of Chinese trade associations, universities and companies tech such as  Alibaba, and Xiaomi . The alliance has its offices in Hangzhou, Xiamen, Tokyo, Seoul and San Francisco.
"The Alliance has noticed that the four Chinese subsidiaries of Apple Inc. concerned have not performed this order and even refused to receive the written injunction order legally served by the court," the statement said. "Such an act has attracted broad attention, sparked heated discussions and even evoked great indignation in China and abroad."
There were no immediate comments available from Apple as well as from Qualcomm to media queries.
Putting up reasons such as the challenges that are being faced by Apple Inc in the Greater China economy that have been compounded by the ongoing trade spat between the U.S. and China, the CEo of the iPhone maker Tim Cook on Wednesday brought down the  revenue and gross margin guidance of the company for the fiscal first quarter. The lowering of the guidance resulted in a drop of almost 10 per cent in the stocks of Apple in New York trading . This drop was the worst for the company in nearly six years. 
In a separate statement announced issued by Qualcomm on Thursday, the company posted security bonds with the aim of putting them up and into effect a German court order that would effectively ban the sale of some iPhone models in Germany. In December the court had ruled that Apple had infringed on the chipmaker's patents on power-saving technology in smartphones.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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