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Qualcomm files new lawsuit against Apple; wants iPhone imports banned

Qualcomm said all iPhones that contain competing mobile communications chips should be barred

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Apple, WWDC 2017
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Global chip maker has filed a new patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, asking the US authorities to ban imports of some and iPad models.

According to a Fortune report late Thursday, filed a complaint with the US Trade Commission, accusing Apple's iPhones and of infringing six of its mobile patents.

said all iPhones and that contain competing mobile communications chips should be barred from the country.

But any decision on the ban which could cover 7, 7 Plus and some future iPhones would at least take up to 18 months to come into practice, hence the upcoming 8 is not under any immediate threat.

Apple responded to this, saying that the company had tried to negotiate before suing and that is abusing its position.

"They supply us with a single connectivity component, but for years have been demanding a percentage of the total cost of our products - effectively taxing Apple's innovation," Forture reported, citing an Apple statement.

"We believe deeply in the value of intellectual property but we shouldn't have to pay them for technology breakthroughs they have nothing to do with," the statement added.

In April, Apple stopped paying royalties to contract manufacturers for phone patents owned by over an "unresolved issue".

Apple reportedly stopped paying royalties starting with devices sold during the March quarter.

is one of the world's biggest provider of mobile chips and derives revenue majorly from licensing that technology to hundreds of handset manufacturers and others.

The US chip manufacturer had lambasted Apple for breaching deals between the two and urged that the lawsuit filed in January against them by the maker should be rejected.

also accused Apple of harming its business and sought unspecified damages.

Apple sued in January for nearly one billion dollars over royalties, with the Cupertino-based tech giant alleging the wireless chipmaker did not give fair licensing terms for its processor technology.

But refuted the allegations, saying that Apple had intentionally mischaracterised the agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology they had invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers "through our licensing programme".

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First Published: Fri, July 07 2017. 11:16 IST
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