Qualcomm sues to block Apple from selling the iPhone in China

Qualcomm sues to block Apple from selling the iPhone in China

Qualcomm sues to block Apple from selling the iPhone in China

The San Diego-based company aims to inflict pain on Apple in the world's largest market for smartphones and cut off production in a country where most iPhones are made. Apple has accused Qualcomm of failing to pay it $1 billion in rebates that it says it is owed. This is the latest strike in a legal war between the two companies, which started out in the USA and has since expanded worldwide. Qualcomm is also asking US authorities to ban the import of some versions of the iPhone, arguing they infringe on its patents.

In its lawsuit, Qualcomm reportedly claims that Apple is in violation of three patents, none of which are essential to any industry standards - meaning Qualcomm isn't obligated to license them. It suggested the effort was opportunistic, because Qualcomm hadn't brought up the patents during negotiations and had only issued them recently. Spokesperson Josh Rosenstock told Bloomberg that "in our many years of on-going negotations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed".

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It seems exceedingly unlikely that sales of any iPhones will be banned.

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