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Qualcomm Seeks to Ban iPhone Sales, Imports in New Lawsuit

Today Qualcomm did just that. But Qualcomm alleges that it has six patents developed in the past four years that improve battery life in mobile devices and that “Apple uses these technologies in its devices but is not paying for them”.Qualcomm ultimately wants regulators to investigate which phones use cellular processors from Qualcomm’s competitors, and halt sales of iPhones that violate the patents. The company even made an infographic to show you how iPhones use these patented technologies.Apple referred reporters to its earlier comments on the dispute with Qualcomm, which accuse Qualcomm of unfairly imposing what Apple calls a “tax” on Apple devices using Qualcomm chips.”The patents we are asserting represent six important technologies, out of a portfolio of thousands, and each is vital to iPhone functions”.In a request that would broaden its legal battle with Apple, San Diego-based Qualcomm said it will ask the U.S. ITC to ban imports of the infringing Apple devices.The iPhone is under attack, with Qualcomm demanding that Apple be blocked from bringing the best-selling smartphone into the USA while a patent battle is waged. Many of those patents, however, are “standard essential”, which requires them to be licensed at a fair and reasonable rate. It’s also seeking “damages and injunctive relief” via a complaint filed in the District Court for the Southern District of California.Qualcomm expects that the ITC investigation will commence in August and that the case will be tried next year.President Moon as well as the heads of the two chambers of commerce and some Korean and American major business leaders, including Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs, were at the closed meeting before the official dinner.Importantly, Qualcomm also argues that none could be considered standards-essential. It also comes as Qualcomm is facing an antitrust probe from the Federal Trade Commission. Jacobs further noted that “These rights and others are supposed to be guaranteed to US companies under the KORUS FTA, yet the Korean FTC declined to implement these fundamental procedural safeguards”.”Qualcomm’s illegal business practices are harming Apple and the entire industry”, an Apple statement said.