The Chinese internet is divided after a court in the eastern Chinese city of Fuzhou banned the sale of some iPhone models following accusations that the company infringed on disputed Qualcomm patents.

Qualcomm, an American semiconductor and telecommunications equipment producer, brought the case, relating to two patents in photo editing and touch-screen swiping tech, against Apple in 2017.

On Chinese microblogging platform Weibo, a group of netizens advocated for the formal implementation of the ban, though Apple lodged an appeal earlier today. So far, the court has released no decision regarding Apple’s appeal, and no government department has commented on the lawsuit.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com