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Qualcomm wants to block iPhone sales and manufacturing in China

By Cookie Monster - on 15 Oct 2017, 3:00am

Qualcomm wants to block iPhone sales and manufacturing in China

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple continues with the former filing a lawsuit in China to block the sales and manufacturing of the iPhone in China.

The latest move by Qualcomm will hurt Apple significantly as China is the world's largest smartphone market and where most of the iPhone production is based in. Christine Trimble, a company spokeswoman stated in the lawsuit that “Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them.” The lawsuit is based on three non-standard essential patents which cover power management and a touch-screen technology called Force Touch.

Apple rebuked the claims by stating that these patents have never been discussed in the many years of ongoing negotiations with Qualcomm. The iPhone maker is confident that Qualcomm's latest legal effort will fail like the other courtroom maneuvers. 

The relationship between the two companies started to break down in January when Apple sued Qualcomm for US$1 billion over royalty fees. It followed up with two other lawsuits against the chip maker in China and another one in London. This resulted in Qualcomm countersuing Apple in the U.S two months ago. Apple then filed a claim in the U.S Federal Court asserting that Qualcomm's chip licenses are invalid. In July, Qualcomm seeked to ban the iPhone in the U.S which resulted in several other tech companies jumping in to support Apple. 

Source: Bloomberg 

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