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

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

US Chipmaker Qualcomm is attempting to strike a devastating blow to Apple's operations, with a lawsuit seeking to ban the manufacture and sale of the iPhone in China. This is the latest strike in a legal war between the two companies, which started out in the U.S. and has since expanded worldwide. However, China has been Apple's fastest-growing market until pretty recently, and it's where iPhones are manufactured. Talking about these patents, Trimble says they are "examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits". Qualcomm charges a percentage of the price of each handset regardless of whether it includes a chip from the company, and Apple is sick of paying those fees.

While a sales ban would definitely hurt Apple, a production cutoff would cripple the company's supply of smartphones globally, since most iPhones are made in China. Those patents are said to cover power management and the iPhone's Force Touch feature.


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. Apple proceeded to file suits making similar claims around the globe, and Qualcomm fired back in various places contending patent infringement. Qualcomm new lawsuit comes after being slapped with a massive $773 million fine by the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission for antitrust violations.

However, Apple has now cut off those payments costing Qualcomm an estimated $2 billion a year in revenue.

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