Qualcomm Files New Lawsuits Seeking iPhone Ban in China

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones Bloomberg

The legal battle started earlier this year when Apple filed an antitrust suit against Qualcomm arguing that the chipmaker's licensing practices are unfair, and that it abused its position as the biggest supplier of chips in phones. The Cupertino company has historically used Qualcomm's modems in its phones, though it's recently switched to Intel chips for that objective.

Qualcomm says the patents cover power management and a Force Touch technology used in current iPhones. Apple has accused Qualcomm of failing to pay it $1 billion in rebates that it says it is owed.

Qualcomm officially filed for this lawsuit against Apple on September 29, but the Beijing court in which it was issued has not yet made the exact details available to the public.

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In a statement, Apple said the claims were "meritless", and that it believed the effort would fail. Qualcomm charges a percentage of the price of each handset regardless of whether it includes a chip from the company, and Apple is sick of paying those fees. Spokesperson Josh Rosenstock told Bloomberg that "in our many years of on-going negotations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed".

The intellectual property writ is significant given the vast majority of iPhones are manufactured in China, which is also the world's largest smartphone market.

If Qualcomm were to succeed, Apple's ability to quickly assemble iPhones would be gutted, while sales of iPhone devices would take a heavy hit. It's been repeatedly fined for similar behaviors, with the latest ruling coming down yesterday, when it was fined $774 million by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission. All we know right now is that this legal fight won't end anytime soon.

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