Qualcomm files suit to block iPhone sales in China

Qualcomm files suit to block iPhone sales in China (update)

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

Qualcomm Inc. filed lawsuits in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country, the chipmaker's biggest shot at Apple Inc.so far in a sprawling and bitter legal fight.

The inventions "are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits", Trimble said.

Qualcomm spokeswoman Christine Trimble has told the publication that the company has filed the suits in a Beijing intellectual property court claiming patent infringement and seeking injunctive relief.

This legal battle kicked off in January, when Apple filed a lawsuit claiming that Qualcomm was holding payments for ransom. Apple shares gave up some gains from earlier on Friday, while Qualcomm stock maintained small losses. Rosenstock believes that "like [Qualcomm's] other courtroom maneuvers. this latest legal effort will fail". Apple also has asked iPhone and iPad manufacturers not to pay royalties to Qualcomm for failing to offer its standard essential patents in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory manner. This is the latest strike in a legal war between the two companies, which started out in the United States and has since expanded worldwide.

Although China isn't Apple's most profitable country for iPhone sales, it is where the majority of the devices are manufactured.

Qualcomm has countered with a patent suit and argued that Cupertino, California-based Apple encouraged regulators from South Korea to the U.S.to take action against it based on false testimony. It's been repeatedly fined for similar behaviors, with the latest ruling coming down yesterday, when it was fined $774 million by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission.

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