Qualcomm files lawsuits, wants to stop sales and manufacturing of iPhones in China

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Qualcomm Inc. is looking into blocking sales and manufacturing of iPhone units in China.

According to reports, the San Diego-based mobile chipmaker has filed lawsuits against Apple. The suits, according to reports, allege patent infringement.

The two companies have been dealing with a number of lawsuits lately. A few months ago, Qualcomm planned to request to ban iPhone imports and sales to the United States. Now, it’s working to stop the company’s sale and manufacturing in China, where most iPhones shipped all over the world are made.

Qualcomm spokeswoman Christine Trimble told reporters: “Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them.” According to a report by Bloomberg, the suits “are based on three non-standard essential patents,” covering power management and the Force Touch technology that the iPhone uses.

According to Trimble, these “are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits.”

An Apple spokesperson said that in the years of their negotiations with Qualcomm, the patents were never discussed.

“Like their other courtroom maneuvers, we believe this latest legal effort will fail,” said Apple’s Josh Rosenstock.

Qualcomm, one of the world’s biggest semiconductor companies, is responsible for the chip that makes it possible to connect to the internet at high speeds. According to another Bloomberg article, the company had over 130,000 patents that cover technologies that make it possible to send and receive data.

Earlier this year, Apple filed a suit against Qualcomm, accusing it of monopolizing the market for mobile phone chips, and demanding that it turn over the rebate for licensing fees.

Qualcomm responded to this by saying that the claims are “baseless,” adding that Apple “has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we have invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers through our licensing program.”

It is going to be a very busy year for Apple factories, as they have just recently released the iPhone 8 and X, slated to be released in November. According to reports, manufacturing giant Foxconn is increasing the iPhone X production from 100,000 to 400,000 units a week—an amount that will not even meet the huge demand.

Apple has not yet released a statement in response to the latest Qualcomm lawsuit.


Ofelia Sta. Maria

Ofelia is an experienced journalist covering the Chinese manufacturing sector for the English language market, sharing news and stories about the companies and people shaping the future of manufacturing in China.

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