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Apple pushes out software update to avoid China iPhone ban

Move comes in response to court injunction from Qualcomm's patent-infringement suit

Apple has avoided a sales disruption of its iPhones in China so far.   © Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Dow Jones) -- Apple Inc. sought this week to avoid a ban on the sale of older iPhones in China by releasing a software update that some intellectual property lawyers said could enable the company to keep selling those products in the world's largest smartphone market.

The move by Apple came in response to a preliminary injunction from a Chinese court that ordered the company to stop selling iPhones while it studies Apple's suspected infringement of two software patents held by chip maker Qualcomm Inc. The two American giants in the smartphone industry are locked in a bruising legal battle over technology licensing.

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