Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban Apple from selling iPhones



The majority of Apple's iPhones are manufactured in China, and Qualcomm has filed lawsuits in that country that seek to have production halted and ban all sales.

The new lawsuits, the latest gambit in Qualcomm's protracted legal battle with Apple, were reported in an October 13 story by Bloomberg. Qualcomm didn't respond kindly to the claims and tensions built from there, sprawling out into multiple attempts to get the iPhone banned.

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Qualcomm's suit in China is based on three non-standard essential patents that allegedly cover power management and touch-screen technology like Force Touch used in current iPhones.

'Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them, ' the spokeswoman said.

Qualcomm has filed several patent lawsuits in China against Apple demanding licensing fees for several mobile technologies that the chip producer claims are built into iPhones. Spokesperson Josh Rosenstock told Bloomberg that "in our many years of on-going negotations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed". The company has filed lawsuits against Apple in a Beijing court dealing with intellectual property, arguing that Apple is infringing on some of its patents. 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.

Apple's shares were up marginally, while Qualcomm shares were little changed in afternoon trading. This is the latest strike in a legal war between the two companies, which started out in the USA and has since expanded worldwide.

Much of the language in the contractors' allegations mirror Apple's objections to Qualcomm's business model.

However, Apple has now cut off those payments costing Qualcomm an estimated $2 billion a year in revenue.

Analysts expect $5.2 billion in revenue for the June quarter, down from $6 billion a year earlier.

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