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Qualcomm confirms it is seeking US ban on some iPhones that allegedly violate its patents

By midian182 ยท 6 replies
Jul 7, 2017
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  1. Back in May, reports arrived claiming that the ongoing license dispute between Qualcomm and Apple was about to see the semiconductor manufacturer ask the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import of iPhones. Two months later, that’s exactly what it has done.

    Qualcomm has announced it is filing a complaint with the ITC that accuses Apple of infringing on six patents related to extending the battery life in devices that use Intel's 4G wireless chips, which includes models of the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPad. The company says none of the patents are covered by any industry standard, are not essential parts of any devices, and were granted from 2013 to 2017.

    “Qualcomm’s inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards,” Qualcomm’s general counsel, Don Rosenberg, said in a statement. He also added that “Apple continues to use Qualcomm’s technology while refusing to pay for it.”

    Not only does Qualcomm want to block the import of the devices, but it also wants to stop the "marketing, advertising, demonstration, warehousing of inventory for distribution and use of those imported products."

    Qualcomm says the ITC will start looking at the complaint in August, with a trial expected next year. If an iPhone ban is the result, it’s unlikely to happen for around 18 months.

    The pair’s legal battle began at the start of this year when the FTC filed a complaint over allegations of Qualcomm's anti-competitive practices. Apple proceeded to sue Qualcomm for about $1 billion, claiming it had been "charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with."

    In April, Qualcomm countersued Apple, denying the iPhone maker’s allegation in a 134-page filing, accusing it of breach of contract and interfering with agreements Qualcomm has with other companies.

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  2. Greg S

    Greg S TS Evangelist Posts: 1,607   +443

    So even if the iPhone 7 were banned in the US, that wouldn't matter too much since two more new iPhones will have been launched since then. It'd be like samsung having the Galaxy S4 banned this year.

    I just don't see it happening.
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,011   +1,280

    It also says "future devices"...

    Basically this is one of those you sue us, we'll sue you things.
    Once the lawyers all set down and cry like babies in a room, some sort of mutual settlement
    will be struck, and the lawsuit(s) will be withdrawn.
    Sometimes, I think things like this, are for lawyers that represent a huge company, to justify
    what they charge companies for being on retainer LOL.
    tomkaten likes this.
  4. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,003   +1,537

    If Qualcomm bans iPhone, a product which many people want to buy, it would surely be bad for their image, wouldn't it? I would definetely avoid a company that is responsible for banning something I like and want to buy.
  5. mosu

    mosu TS Evangelist Posts: 505   +121

    If Qualcomm somehow bans iPhones from the market I would worship this company.The isheeps need a change of scenery.
  6. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,003   +1,537

    Sure but there's a lot of sheep that will be pissed off.
  7. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 423   +423


    Where's the problem?

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