Some iPhones may face US ban in Apple-Qualcomm legal tussle

Some iPhones may face US ban in Apple-Qualcomm legal tussle

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Qualcomm wants the US International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain iPhones that don’t use Qualcomm’s chips.


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If Qualcomm wins its latest legal battle against Apple, it could be a lot harder to buy certain iPhones in the US.

The company plans to file a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, accusing Apple’s iPhones of infringing six of Qualcomm’s mobile patents.

As part of the filing, Qualcomm wants the ITC to ban the import of certain iPhones that don’t use Qualcomm chips, as well as ban Apple from selling devices it has already brought into the US. 

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The devices Qualcomm’s seeking to ban would include iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models running on AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as certain iPads. Those devices use Intel’s 4G chips, while phones from other carriers like Verizon use Qualcomm’s processors. Those parameters limit the scope of the ban and also avoid hurting Qualcomm’s chip business, which makes a lot of money from supplying to Apple.

“Apple continues to use our technology and not pay for it,” Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s general counsel, said in an interview. “They’ve really left us no choice but to say, ‘You’ve got to stop this.'”

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