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Qualcomm asks China to halt manufacture, sale of iPhones

14 October 2017, 12:47 | Brandon Parsons

Report: Qualcomm files to block iPhone sales and manufacturing in China

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones: Bloomberg

Qualcomm has launched a new lawsuit against Apple, asking a Chinese court to block the sale and manufacturing of iPhones within the country, according to Bloomberg. The product provides nearly two-thirds of Apple's revenue.

"Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them", says Qualcomm spokeswoman Christine Trimble. Qualcomm's suit says that Apple infringed on a trio of patents covering Force Touch and power management.

The two companies are months into a legal dispute that centers on Qualcomm's technology licensing business.

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The inventions "are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits", Trimble said.

On September 29 in China, Qualcomm fired the latest salvo against Apple in the two companies' ongoing worldwide legal battle. Qualcomm charges a percentage of the price of each handset regardless of whether it includes a chip from the company, and Apple is sick of paying those fees. Spokesperson Josh Rosenstock told Bloomberg that "in our many years of on-going negotations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed". However, China has been Apple's fastest-growing market until pretty recently, and it's where iPhones are manufactured. It's been repeatedly fined for similar behaviors, with the latest ruling coming down yesterday, when it was fined $774 million by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission. 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.

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