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Qualcomm wants U.S. to ban imports of some iPhones

Staff Writer | July 7, 2017
Qualcomm is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain new models of iPhones.
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Qualcomm alleges that Apple is infringing on six patents issued between 2013 and 2017 that improve performance and battery life in smartphones.

It filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Diego and is seeking a limited ban from the International Trade Commission on iPhones made by contract manufacturers in Asia.

Qualcomm is seeking a limited ban on iPhone 7s that contain cellular modem chips made by Intel Corp. and run on AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s networks.

Qualcomm supplies Apple with cellular modems for iPhone 7s on Verizon and Sprint, as well as older iPhones on all U.S. networks.

It is not seeking to ban imports of iPhones that use its own chips.

Qualcomm also alleges certain iPads are using the six patents without a license.