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Oct 14, 2017 03:47 PM IST | Source: Reuters

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

Qualcomm filed the suits in a Beijing intellectual property court, claiming patent infringement and is seeking injunctive relief.

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

Qualcomm Inc filed lawsuits in China, seeking to halt the manufacture and sale of Apple Inc's iPhones in the country, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

Qualcomm filed the suits in a Beijing intellectual property court, claiming patent infringement and is seeking injunctive relief, Bloomberg said, citing a Qualcomm spokeswoman.

Apple's shares were up marginally, while Qualcomm shares were little changed in afternoon trading.

Apple is waging a global legal battle on Qualcomm's long-held practice of charging a percentage of the total price of iPhones and other Apple devices as a licensing fee for its patents.

The iPhone maker has always been willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for the patents it uses, Apple told Reuters in an email.

“In 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 said.

Qualcomm did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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