Qualcomm wasn’t satisfied with Apple’s release of iOS 12.1.2 in an attempt to rectify the situation in China. Now the chipmaker wants Apple lawyers to be fined, detained, or barred from leaving China (via Global Times China).
Qualcomm’s Slow Demise
Global Times China reports that a Qualcomm lawyer said China’s rules of civil procedure could let the chipmaker ask a court to fine or detain Apple’s four lawyers, or even bar them from leaving the country.
In a recent announcement Apple said,
Qualcomm’s campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies. Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers.
Further, Qualcomm says that Apple isn’t taking the Chinese ruling as serious as the German injunction, even though the German injunction is hardware-related and the Chinese one is software-related.
Will companies want to do business with an aggressive company looking to jail Apple lawyers? Qualcomm might be shooting itself in the foot.