Qualcomm Inc confirmed an earlier report that the chipmaker had filed lawsuits in China, seeking to halt the manufacture and sale of Apple Inc’s iPhones in the country (REUTERS).
Bloomberg had earlier reported about the lawsuits in China. (bloom.bg/2z6qMwu
) In its lawsuit, Qualcomm reportedly claims that Apple is in violation of three patents, none of which are essential to any industry standards — meaning Qualcomm isn’t obligated to license them. “Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them,” a Qualcomm spokesperson told Bloomberg
. Those patents are said to cover power management and the iPhone’s Force Touch feature.
The iPhone maker has always been willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for the patents it uses, Apple told Reuters in an email: “In many years of ongoing negotiations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed and in fact were only granted in the last few months,” Apple said.
In a statement Apple made about the patent, “Apple believes deeply in the value of innovation, and we have always been willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for patents we use. In our many years of ongoing negotiations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed and in fact were only granted in the last few months,” an Apple spokesperson said. “Regulators around the world have found Qualcomm guilty of abusing their position for years. This claim is meritless and, like their other courtroom maneuvers, we believe this latest legal effort will fail.”
This is Qualcomm’s second attempt to get a ban on iPhone sales.
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