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Apple rejects Qualcomm suit seeking iPhone ban in China

The two California companies are fighting over Apple's claims that Qualcomm is abusing its market power over certain mobile chipsets in order to demand unfair royalties

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has rejected as "meritless" a legal move by to ban iPhone sales in China, the latest salvo in a bitter patent battle between the two

Bloomberg News reported on Saturday that had filed a lawsuit in Beijing seeking a ban on the assembly and sale of iPhones in — a vital manufacturing base and sales market.


The two California are fighting over Apple's claims that is abusing its market power over certain mobile chipsets in order to demand unfair royalties.

filed a US lawsuit to that effect in January and has joined efforts in other countries where faces probes from antitrust authorities.

has countersued for the royalties.

In response to Qualcomm's Beijing suit, said in a statement: "This claim is meritless and, like their other courtroom manoeuvres, we believe this latest legal effort will fail."

AFP was not immediately able to obtain a copy of Qualcomm's complaint.

Bloomberg reported it was filed on September 29 in an intellectual-property court, and said the suit was confirmed by a spokeswoman.

It remains unclear how much chance Qualcomm's case has in China, where huge numbers of workers are employed in the manufacture of iPhones.

The patents cover power management and a touch- screen technology called Force Touch that uses in current iPhones, Bloomberg reported, quoting

dismissed Qualcomm's claims.

"In our many years of ongoing negotiations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed and in fact were only granted in the last few months," Apple's statement said.

First Published: Mon, October 16 2017. 19:52 IST
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