Qualcomm asks court to block sale, manufacturing of iPhones in China

Qualcomm asks court to block sale, manufacturing of iPhones 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, Bloomberg News reports. "Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them", Trimble added.

Update: Qualcomm's suits pertain to three non-standard essential patents and the claims were filed in a Beijing court on September 29. Qualcomm's suit says that Apple infringed on a trio of patents covering Force Touch and power management.

Apple, of course, says the claims by Qualcomm have no merit. "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. "This claim is meritless and, like their other courtroom maneuvers, we believe this latest legal effort will fail". The Cupertino company has historically used Qualcomm's modems in its phones, though it's recently switched to Intel chips for that goal.

Apple's shares were up marginally, while Qualcomm shares were little changed in afternoon trading.

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The decision by the San Diego-based Qualcomm to take Apple to court in China is notable.

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

Apple and Qualcomm did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Rather, this mostly seems to be an attempt to get back at Apple for many lawsuit it's filed against Qualcomm around the globe. Earlier this week, Qualcomm was fined a record NT$23.4 billion ($773 million) by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission, a ruling the company is appealing.

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