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

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

US Chipmaker Qualcomm is attempting to strike a devastating blow to Apple's operations, with a lawsuit seeking to ban the manufacture and sale of the iPhone in China.

The move is the latest in a long legal battle between the supplier and Apple.

Apple and Qualcomm did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Story developing and will update when more information becomes available. Qualcomm's suit says that Apple infringed on a trio of patents covering Force Touch and power management. The inventions "are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits", Trimble claims. "Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them", Trimble added.

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However, Apple has now cut off those payments costing Qualcomm an estimated $2 billion a year in revenue. The lawsuits were filed September 29 in a Chinese court but have not been made public, Bloomberg's story reported. Spokesperson Josh Rosenstock told Bloomberg that "in our many years of on-going negotations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed".

In July, Qualcomm asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban imports of some Apple iPhones that officials said infringe on multiple Qualcomm patents that drive performance and battery life of the devices. It just introduced iPhone 8 and X models aimed at reasserting leadership in a market that's steeped in competition from fast-growing Chinese makers.

Back in January, Apple sued Qualcomm for allegedly withholding $1 billion in rebates because it complied with Korean regulators investigating Qualcomm.

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