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Qualcomm tires to ban Apple from importing some iPhone and iPad models in ongoing patent battle

Published in Technology Sunday, 09 July 2017 17:50

Chipmaker Qualcomm will ask the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar Apple Inc from selling some iPhones and iPads in the United States that use chips made by competitor Intel Corp on the grounds that the devices infringe on six Qualcomm patents.


In a request that would broaden its legal battle with Apple, San Diego-based Qualcomm said it will ask the U.S. ITC to ban imports of the infringing Apple devices.

A related lawsuit was filed in federal court in California on Thursday to request monetary damages.

Qualcomm, which also supplies chips to Apple, said the six patents help devices perform well without draining the battery.

Responding to the latest legal actions, Apple repeated its allegations against Qualcomm.

'Qualcomm's illegal business practices are harming Apple and the entire industry,' an Apple statement said.

'They supply us with a single connectivity component, but for years have been demanding a percentage of the total cost of our products -- effectively taxing Apple's innovation.'

Apple chief executive Tim Cook earlier this year said Qualcomm provides 'one small part of what an iPhone is,' and that the chipmaker 'has nothing do with the display or the Touch ID or a gazillion other innovations that Apple has done.' 

In its complaint to the ITC, Qualcomm asked the body to ban 'iPhones that use cellular baseband processors other than those supplied by Qualcomm´s affiliates.'

Qualcomm did not name Intel, but Intel began supplying chips for some iPhones starting with the iPhone 7.

Qualcomm has not alleged that Intel chips violate its patents but claims that the way Apple implements them in the iPhone does. Intel declined comment.

'Qualcomm's inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards,' said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm.

'The patents we are asserting represent six important technologies, out of a portfolio of thousands, and each is vital to iPhone functions. Apple continues to use Qualcomm's technology while refusing to pay for it.'


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