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Qualcomm is going to war with Apple by blocking the iPhone in China

by Danny Zepeda | October 13, 2017October 13, 2017 11:00 am PST

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm is escalating to new heights. Qualcomm has filed multiple lawsuits in China in an attempt to halt manufacturing and sales of the iPhone.

According to Bloomberg, Qualcomm has filed suits in a Beijing intellectual patent court citing patent infringement. Among the patents is one for power management and another responsible for the Force Touch technology included in iPhones.

Qualcomm filed the suits on September 29, but the court has not made them public.

Prior to this latest development, Apple had filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm in the U.S. for overcharging for the use of basic patents. Qualcomm responded in kind by trying to stop the import of iPhones into the U.S. Now it’s trying to stop the production and sales of iPhones in China.

The escalating feud between Qualcomm and Apples comes in the background of Qualcomm’s legal battles with multiple countries and its regulators. Earlier this week, the chip maker was fined $774 million by Taiwanese regulators for unfair business practices through its patent and chip monopoly. That’s on top of multiple other fines it has already received in China and Korea.

Qualcomm is also being sued by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for its anti-trust practices here in the States.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...