The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm is gaining momentum. As reported by Fortune, the chip manufacturer has sent to the Federal Commission for the U.S. international trade requirement to ban the import of iPhone and iPad. Qualcomm also intends to ban the sale of Apple products already released, causing a new application filed patent infringement in the southern district of California.
According to a statement Qualcomm, Apple violates six patents related to energy saving technology during a telephone conversation. The patents referred to by the plaintiff was registered in the period from 2013 to 2017, but they are not licensed patents that are used in the payment of royalties.
Qualcomm is asking the Federal international trade Commission to ban US sales of all Apple devices are equipped with LTE chips manufactured by other manufacturers. Fall under the ban of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with modems Intel and some models of the iPad. In an interview with the lawyer Qualcomm don Rosenberg said the company intends to ban iPhone sales in the US, as Apple refuses to pay for the use of its technology.
“If Apple was the licensee or, like everyone else, pay for what uses, we would not have to sue, said Rosenberg. – However, it is not, and after they have filed lawsuits around the world against us, we found ourselves in a position where you need not only to defend but also to take some action.”
As noted in the request of Qualcomm, the ban on sales of the iPhone 7, 7 Plus and future models should come into force not earlier than 18 months, so it will not affect iPhone models 2017. Qualcomm expects the international trade Commission will investigate the complaint and will appoint the hearing in 2018.
War Apple and Qualcomm started in January when the Federal trade Commission accused the manufacturer of chipsets in the illegal licensing fees. Later, Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, saying that the company is demanding money for “technology, which is irrelevant” and refused to pay the quarterly payments.
In April, Qualcomm said Apple, accusing the “Apple” company in violation of licensing agreements, defamation and promoting attacks against Qualcomm. Then Apple refused to pay royalties at all until the court can determine the proper amount.
Since companies are waging a fierce battle. In late June, Apple has expanded its lawsuit accusing Qualcomm’s unfair licensing agreements patents. At the request of cupertinos, Qualcomm sought for more than one billion, while the representatives of the chip maker said that their innovation “lie at the heart of every iPhone.”
Along with the lawsuits with Apple Qualcomm has also faced a lawsuit from the Federal trade Commission over the alleged use of anti-competitive tactics, according to which the company imposed on the manufacturers of complex licensing and sales of chips. Intel supported the investigation against its key competitor.