According to Qualcomm, Apple is misusing the three patents from Qualcomm and the according to the company, the iPhones are using this technology to improvise features like power management and force 3D touch capability.
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.
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China is a very important market for most technology companies, especially Apple.
"Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them", a Qualcomm spokesperson told Bloomberg.
Apple seemed unconcerned with the claim, stating it believes the legal effort won't be successful. "In our many years of ongoing negotiations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed and in fact were only granted in the last few months".
Apple claimed it had been overcharged billions of dollars by Qualcomm, before the semiconductor company counterclaimed. "Regulators around the world have found Qualcomm guilty of abusing their position for years".
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Apple also can not afford to lose even just one day of production, now that they are seen to suffer from persistent supply shortages until next year in the light of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X release. Though, Apple is confident that Qualcomm doesn't have a standing in the case.
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.
In July, Qualcomm filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, alleging that Apple infringed six of its patents in the iPhone model and requesting a ban on imports.
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