Qualcomm Files Lawsuits in China to Ban iPhone Sales and Manufacturing
Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit with Qualcomm in January and the saga has just continued with that as both companies look to take the fight to courts. Apple and Qualcomm are in a disagreement over how much Apple should pay for the radio chip it uses to power the iPhone’s cellular connection. Apple thinks Qualcomm charges too much, but Qualcomm believes Apple isn’t recognizing the other technology that goes into the component.
According to Qualcomm, the lawsuits are based on three non-standard essential patents covering power management and the Force Touch technology that Apple uses in its touch screens. The Bloomberg report says Qualcomm filed the suit in China so we might see this play out differently than we would see in the U.S. courts.
Much of Apple’s iPhone assembly process takes place in China, as does the manufacturing of many iPhone components. China is also an important market for Apple, accounting for 22.5 percent of Apple’s sales in 2016.