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Qualcomm files more cases against Apple, this time in China Featured


Qualcomm has fired another shot in its battle with Apple, filing lawsuits in China to try and stop the iPhone maker from selling and manufacturing phones in the country.

The lawsuits were filed in an intellectual property court in Beijing on 29 September, alleging patent infringement and asking the court for injunctive relief, Bloomberg reported.

A company spokesperson, Christine Trimble, was quoted as saying: “Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them.”

The fight between the two companies has been going on even since January when Apple filed a suit against Qualcomm in the US. It followed this up with two cases in China the same month and two months later it filed a case in the UK.

In April, Apple escalated the stoush by saying that it would stop paying royalties to Qualcomm.

Qualcomm retaliated in July, asking the US International Trade Commission to block imports of iPads and iPhones that do not include its chipsets, and to prevent the sale of such devices that are already in the US.

On 19 July, Qualcomm said it had filed lawsuits against Apple in Germany, claiming violation of its patents.

That month, Taiwan manufacturers Foxconn, Pegatron, Compal and Wistron joined Apple in the battle against Qualcomm, charging that the chip maker overcharges for patent licences and breaks anti-trust laws.

Qualcomm sued the four Apple contractors in May after they stopped paying royalties.

The patents mentioned in the Beijing lawsuit cover power management and Force Touch, a touch-screen technology that Apple uses in current iPhone models.

Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock told Bloomberg: “In our many years of ongoing negotiations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed. Like their other courtroom manoeuvres, we believe this latest legal effort will fail."

Qualcomm, based in San Diego, earns most of its sales from its processors for mobile phones. But most of its profits come from royalties on patents that cover the basics of all recent mobile devices.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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