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Qualcomm is trying to get iPhone sales banned in China

Qualcomm has established a fresh lawsuit against Apple, requesting a Chinese court to block the sale and production of iPhones across the country, according to Bloomberg. Here's the latest strike in a legal warfare between the two organizations, which began by the US and it has since expanded internationally. In its suit, Qualcomm reportedly maintains that Apple is in breach of 3 patents, none of which are crucial to any industry standards -- significance Qualcomm is not bound to license them. Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them.

These patents are said to cover electricity management along with the iPhone's Force Touch feature. In a statement, Apple said the claims were "meritless," and that it believed the effort would fail. It suggested the effort was opportunistic, since Qualcomm hadn't brought up the patents during negotiations and had issued them lately.


Apple believes deeply in the value of innovation, and we have always been willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for patents we use. In our many years of ongoing negotiations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed and in fact were only granted in the last few months," an Apple spokesperson said. "Regulators around the world have found Qualcomm guilty of abusing their position for years. This claim is meritless and, like their other courtroom maneuvers, we believe this latest legal effort will fail.

This can be Qualcomm's second attempt to find a ban on iPhone revenue. In July, it registered a similar claim in the US, pointing into six patents which it said Apple was in breach of. It appears exceedingly unlikely that sales of any iPhones will soon be prohibited. Rather, this largely is apparently an effort to get back in Apple for many lawsuit it is filed against Qualcomm around the world. It may also provide Qualcomm some leverage when negotiating the outcome of those suits.

This legal battle kicked off in January, when Apple filed a lawsuit asserting that Qualcomm was holding payments for ransom. The bill was prompted by a lawsuit in the Federal Trade Commission, which claimed that Qualcomm was abusing its market position to get more money when promoting its smartphone modems, as it is by far the dominant provider. Apple went to document suits making similar claims around the planet, and Qualcomm fired back into a variety of places contending patent infringement.

Things are not looking particularly good for Qualcomm. It has been repeatedly fined for comparable behaviors, together with the most recent ruling coming down yesterday, when it had been fined $774 million by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission.