Qualcomm sues to block Apple from selling the iPhone in China


Qualcomm has filed a lawsuit seeking to ban iPhone sales and manufacturing in China, reports Bloomberg.

"Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them", says Christine Trimble, a spokesperson for Qualcomm.

Cupertino's legal team sued Qualcomm for $1 billion claiming that the company's patent licensing practices abused its position as the world's leader chipmaker.

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On September 29, it filed suit in Beijing claiming infringement of three non-standard essential patents regarding power management and the Force Touch pressure-sensing technology.

It seems exceedingly unlikely that sales of any iPhones will be banned.

Although Apple doesn't use Snapdragon processors in its iPhones, it's still on the hook for numerous patents Qualcomm owns.

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Apple's ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm is heating up today in a serious way. The deal now in place still requires that Apple pay a fee regardless of whether the phone includes a Qualcomm chip, though. However, China has been Apple's fastest-growing market until pretty recently, and it's where iPhones are manufactured. Qualcomm is also asking USA authorities to ban the import of some versions of the iPhone, arguing they infringe on its patents. Qualcomm new lawsuit comes after being slapped with a massive $773 million fine by the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission for antitrust violations.

However, Apple has now cut off those payments costing Qualcomm an estimated $2 billion a year in revenue. Qualcomm stock is down 19 percent this year compared with a 35 percent gain by the benchmark Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Index.

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