Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Qualcomm Files Lawsuit Seeking to Ban iPhone Sales and Manufacturing in China

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones Bloomberg Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones Bloomberg
Theresa Hayes | 14 October, 2017, 00:25

Late last month, Qualcomm filed a suit in Beijing intellectual property court claiming that Apple infringed on its patents.

Qualcomm has launched a new lawsuit against Apple, asking a Chinese court to block the sale and manufacturing of iPhones within the country, according to Bloomberg.

In its lawsuit, Qualcomm reportedly claims that Apple is in violation of three patents, none of which are essential to any industry standards - meaning Qualcomm isn't obligated to license them. Qualcomm's suit says that Apple infringed on a trio of patents covering Force Touch and power management. Apple has accused Qualcomm of failing to pay it $1 billion in rebates that it says it is owed. Spokesperson Josh Rosenstock told Bloomberg that "in our many years of on-going negotations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed". The Cupertino company has historically used Qualcomm's modems in its phones, though it's recently switched to Intel chips for that goal.

The patented innovations "are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits", Trimble added.

The decision by the San Diego-based Qualcomm to take Apple to court in China is notable.

While a sales ban would definitely hurt Apple, a production cutoff would cripple the company's supply of smartphones globally, since most iPhones are made in China. Rather, this mostly seems to be an attempt to get back at Apple for many lawsuit it's filed against Qualcomm around the globe. All we know right now is that this legal fight won't end anytime soon.