Qualcomm asks for iPhone ban, files patent infringement lawsuit against Apple

QualcommQualcomm has filed two separate legal actions against Apple with both the US International Trade Commission and the US District Court in Southern California. Qualcomm has asked the ITC to ban the entry of new iPhones into the US and ban the selling of iPhones already in the US. Qualcomm has alleged that Apple has violated six of its patents relating to improving the battery life of a smartphone and since none of these patents define a standard of requirement the chip maker is not obliged to license them.

The fresh legal actions have sharply escalated the war between the two technology giants, which began in January this year when Apple filed a lawsuit accusing Qualcomm of abusing its market power to demand unfair royalties.

In a release, Qualcomm says: Apple has engaged in the unlawful importation and sale of iPhones that infringe one or more claims of six Qualcomm patents covering key technologies that enable important features and functions in iPhones.

In the same statement, Qualcomm continues to slam Apple. Dan Rosenberg, the company’s vice president and general counsel, explained that this is just another example of Apple using Qualcomm technology without paying for it:“Qualcomm’s inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards. 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. These lawsuits seek to stop Apple’s infringement of six of our patented technologies.”

Qualcomm is asking United States regulators to investigate which iPhone models use cellular processors from companies other than itself and to halt sales of those devices, as they use technology that violates Qualcomm patents.

The battle between Qualcomm and Apple began earlier this year when the Federal Trade Commission alleged that Qualcomm was forcing Apple to use its baseband chips for higher patent royalties. Once that allegation was made, Apple followed with a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm itself.

Since then, Qualcomm has said the lawsuit was founded on baseless claims, while Apple started withholding royalty payments. Qualcomm has also countersued Apple, despite Tim Cook saying that he would be open to settling the legal dispute, though that’s not something he thinks is incredibly likely, instead predicting a lengthy legal battle.

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