Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

Qualcomm's legal team is probably skipping lunch and working late in recent weeks, especially in China and Taiwan.

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.

According to Bloomberg, Qualcomm has now filed lawsuits in China with the intent to ban both the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country. Apple has accused Qualcomm of failing to pay it $1 billion in rebates that it says it is owed.

In its lawsuit, Qualcomm reportedly claims that Apple is in violation of three patents, none of which are essential to any industry standards - meaning Qualcomm isn't obligated to license them. The product provides nearly two-thirds of Apple's revenue. Trimble says that those "are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits".

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Spokespeople from Apple and Qualcomm did not reply to email requests for comment from eWEEK.

The company made the filings at the Beijing court on September 29, although the court has not yet made them public. Spokesperson Josh Rosenstock told Bloomberg that "in our many years of on-going negotations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed".

Apple is now rushing to manufacture as many iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X models during its busiest sales period of the year. "This is a ideal storm for Apple-in a bad way", because its newly launched iPhones are expected to bring in lots of holiday sales revenue for Apple and that expected revenue could now be seriously endangered by Qualcomm's latest legal action.

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