Qualcomm & Apple Heads To Court For Patent Infringements

Today, a¬†Beijing intellectual property court revealed that Qualcomm filed a suit against Apple on¬†September 29, although the filing details were not made public. This is the latest fracas between the two companies’ ongoing universal legal dispute.¬†The lawsuit alleges¬†infringement of three non-standard fundamental patents and seeks injunctive relief. Qualcomm is going to court demanding that iPhone productions and sales be banned in China because¬†Apple is using its technology without paying for it.

Apple cannot afford to lose this case for two major reasons. Firstly, a huge chunk of iPhone’s are produced in China thus a production embargo will certainly cripple the company. Secondly, two-thirds of Apple’s revenue¬†is from iPhone thus losing this case will have a huge effect on Apple generally. A sales prohibition in China will not hurt as much as a production ban but this is highly debatable because China is the largest smartphone market worldwide.

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These companies are involved in what will likely be¬†a yearslong and epic battle. This is not the first time that Qualcomm will be requesting that iPhone sales be banned in a country. Recall that in July, Qualcomm sued Apple for producing inferior modems (relative to Intel’s) and asked the¬†ITC to ban iPhone sales in the US. Apple actually initiated the court cases when it sued Qualcomm in January over its supposedly “unfair”¬†royalty collection schemes because Qualcomm requires a chunk of the¬†total price of iPhones and other Apple devices as a licensing fee for its patents. The question remains “will they ever stop?”

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