Qualcomm Tries to Ban iPhone Sales in the U.S.

Qualcomm Tries to Ban iPhone Sales in the U.S.

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Qualcomm has filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission alleging that Apple has infringed on six Qualcomm patents that 'enabled important features and functions in iPhones'.

Qualcomm is requesting that the ITC institute an investigation into Apple’s infringing imports and ultimately issue a Limited Exclusion Order (LEO) to bar importation of those iPhones and other products into the United States to stop Apple’s unlawful and unfair use of Qualcomm’s technology. The Company is seeking the LEO against iPhones that use cellular baseband processors other than those supplied by Qualcomm’s affiliates. Additionally, Qualcomm is seeking a Cease and Desist Order barring further sales of infringing Apple products that have already been imported and to halt the marketing, advertising, demonstration, warehousing of inventory for distribution and use of those imported products in the United States.

“Qualcomm’s inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm. “The patents we are asserting represent six important technologies, out of a portfolio of thousands, and each is vital to iPhone functions. Apple continues to use Qualcomm’s technology while refusing to pay for it. These lawsuits seek to stop Apple’s infringement of six of our patented technologies.”

The patents Qualcomm is asserting in its complaint are not standard essential, according to the company. Qualcomm has created an infographic with further details.

Apple recently expanded a lawsuit against Qualcomm arguing to a U.S. federal court that the license agreements that give Qualcomm a cut of every iPhone manufactured are invalid. More details on the saga can be found here.

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Qualcomm Tries to Ban iPhone Sales in the U.S.

JSON - July 7, 2017 at 3:56pm
I really hope Qualcomm looses in court. They behave like patent trolls. They have products, but they don't do that much. Enforcing the use of a perpetual pay per use license is proof they can't sell their shit Trying to gouge the market with you IP proved to be wrong. I'm sure Apple would have agreed to continue paying 1. Either the chips, or the licenses. Not both you greedy bastards. I grew in the wireless industry and grew to hate qualcomm. Learn to play fair and start inventing more, You staled old slow moving bureaucrats.
zib - July 7, 2017 at 9:58pm
You are aware that Qualcomm chips do all the 2G/3G/4G in most iphone 7's right? And all iphone 6's. That's not "don't do that much"
Do what? - July 9, 2017 at 7:02am
Do what?
Chip - July 7, 2017 at 12:18pm
Sores losers get a life.