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Qualcomm sues Apple in China aiming to ban iPhone production and sales

Qualcomm sues Apple in China aiming to ban iPhone production and sales

Apple's shares were up marginally, while Qualcomm shares were little changed in afternoon trading.

US Chipmaker Qualcomm is attempting to strike a devastating blow to Apple's operations, with a lawsuit seeking to ban the manufacture and sale of the iPhone in China.

There are three patents in question that Apple supposedly infringed on, with the biggest having to do with the technology used for Force Touch on all iPhone models since the 6S (minus the iPhone SE). "Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them", a Qualcomm spokesperson told Bloomberg. Rosenstock believes that "like [Qualcomm's] other courtroom maneuvers. this latest legal effort will fail".

Apple and Qualcomm did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Qualcomm has countered with a patent suit and argued that Cupertino, California-based Apple encouraged regulators from South Korea to the U.S.to take action against it based on false testimony.

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It seems exceedingly unlikely that sales of any iPhones will be banned. It could also give Qualcomm some leverage when negotiating the outcome of those suits.

Apple's ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm is heating up today in a serious way. The filing was prompted by a lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission, which claimed that Qualcomm was abusing its market position to get more money when selling its smartphone modems, since it's by far the dominant supplier.

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.