Qualcomm files suit to block iPhone sales in China

Qualcomm files suit to block iPhone sales in China

Qualcomm alleges that Apple is using technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them.

Qualcomm Inc filed lawsuits in China, seeking to halt the manufacture and sale of Apple Inc's iPhones in the country, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

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

She highlighted that Qualcomm's lawsuits are based on three non-standard essential patents, covering power management and a touch-screen technology called Force Touch that Apple uses in iPhones.

Apple, of course, says the claims by Qualcomm have no merit. It suggested the effort was opportunistic, because Qualcomm hadn't brought up the patents during negotiations and had only issued them recently.

Although Apple doesn't use Snapdragon processors in its iPhones, it's still on the hook for numerous patents Qualcomm owns. "Regulators around the world have found Qualcomm guilty of abusing their position for years".

It seems exceedingly unlikely that sales of any iPhones will be banned.

As we've written a number of times, Qualcomm is embroiled in a number of lawsuits involving Apple.

Apple and Qualcomm did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It could also give Qualcomm some leverage when negotiating the outcome of those suits.

The move is the latest in a long legal battle between the supplier and Apple.

Things are not looking particularly good for Qualcomm.

Between the $2 billion in licensing fees Apple is refusing to pay and the $773 million fine from Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission, Qualcomm is now looking at an empty dinner plate.