Qualcomm wants Apple to stop production and sales of iPhones in China

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This is the latest strike in a legal war between the two companies, which started out in the United States and has since expanded worldwide. "Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them", Trimble added.

The parents relate to the Force Touch touchscreentech used in iPhones as well as the way Apple's handsets manage power.

Although Apple doesn't use Snapdragon processors in its iPhones, it's still on the hook for numerous patents Qualcomm owns.

Apple's shares were up marginally, while Qualcomm shares were little changed in afternoon trading. "Regulators around the world have found Qualcomm guilty of abusing their position for years". Rosenstock believes that "like [Qualcomm's] other courtroom maneuvers. this latest legal effort will fail".

It seems exceedingly unlikely that sales of any iPhones will be banned. Apple also has asked iPhone and iPad manufacturers not to pay royalties to Qualcomm for failing to offer its standard essential patents in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory manner. In July, it filed a similar claim in the United States, pointing to six patents that it said Apple was in violation of. The analyst further notes that a vacuum left by Apple could be filled by Chinese competitors very quickly, and believes that Qualcomm's move is aimed at getting Apple back into negotiations.

Qualcomm's been in hot water ever since the beginning of 2017 when Apple issued an antitrust lawsuit against the company, and the battle between the two has been playing out ever since.

Between the $2 billion in licensing fees Apple is refusing to pay and the $773 million fine from Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission, Qualcomm is now looking at an empty dinner plate.

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