Qualcomm Lawsuits Seek Crippling Apple iPhone Production And Sales Ban In China

Ivan Schwartz
October 14, 2017

The new lawsuits, the latest gambit in Qualcomm's protracted legal battle with Apple, were reported in an October 13 story by Bloomberg.

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. Apple has accused Qualcomm of failing to pay it $1 billion in rebates that it says it is owed. Qualcomm is also asking US authorities to ban the import of some versions of the iPhone, arguing they infringe on its patents.

She highlighted that Qualcomm's lawsuits are based on three non-standard essential patents, covering power management and a touch-screen technology called Force Touch that Apple uses in iPhones. While Qualcomm filed its lawsuit in China on September 29, the Beijing court has not yet made the filings public, so the full details of the new lawsuit are still unknown.

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Spokespeople from Apple and Qualcomm did not reply to email requests for comment from eWEEK. Spokesperson Josh Rosenstock told Bloomberg that "in our many years of on-going negotations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed". Both companies have been battling loudly and publicly over patents around the world since early in 2017.

Apple's shares were up marginally, while Qualcomm shares were little changed in afternoon trading. The chip maker has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Apple in China in an effort to block the sale and manufacturing of iPhones in the country. The earnings drops came after Apple sued Qualcomm in January, while also cutting off $2 billion in annual licensing payments it had previously been making to the chipmaker.

"This is a big deal", Dan Olds, principal analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group, said.

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