So, the chipset manufacturer has requested the court to ban the Apple production in China (cheapest labour in the world) which will cause a lot of unemployment and the halt in the smartphone production will also create a lot of chaos and will the iPhone enthusiasts will go for the alternative smartphone brands.
The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple is deepening, and the chipmaker has recently sought action to stop the latter from being able to manufacture and sell iPhones in China. Qualcomm responded with a July lawsuit alleging that Apple infringed on patented chip technology and seeking a ban on certain iPhone imports into the U.S. In Jan 2017, Qualcomm was slapped with a $1 billion lawsuit related to licensing royalty payments by the tech giant.
The report was confirmed by the chipmaker's spokesperson, Christine Trimble, and added that the lawsuit was filed with Beijing's intellectual property court last September 29. If successful Apple could be blocked from selling or manufacturing some iPhones in China.
This is the biggest shot that Qualcomm took at Apple, by far, Bloomberg reports. This lawsuit could finally cost Apple the Chinese market.
Qualcomm is trying to fight Apple on all fronts.
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By the time any injunction were granted, Apple would have been able to ensure that it was no longer using any of the Qualcomm technology in its current devices.
"The patents are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple is using without paying Qualcomm".
"Like their other courtroom maneuvers, we believe this latest legal effort will fail", Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock told the publication.
"In our many years of ongoing negotiations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed", said an Apple spokesman.
The iPhone maker could also seek to have the patent cases held up by the Beijing IP court while the patent invalidation decision was being made.