Qualcomm plans to ban sales and manufacturing of iPhones in China in order to gain leverage in the global standoff over demand in payments. The company had already filed suits in Beijing’s intellectual property court claiming patent infringement against Apple where Apple could be blocked from selling or manufacturing some iPhones in that country if passed. Besides China, the two companies are going head to head around the globe including countries such as the United States and Europe.
Qualcomm has been accused by Apple of charging unfair prices for their technology in suits that were covered in other countries such as the U.S., U.K., and Japan. As a result, Qualcomm is seeking injunctions against the iPhone maker in the U.S. with complaints to the International Trade Commission and in Germany as well, with China as the next target. Final talks for the case to get an injunction would take at least a year or two.
"Effectively —if they get an injunction —you would have a worldwide injunction that would block [Apple] exports from China," Said Beijing East IP Director of Patent Litigation Erick Robinson. "China is still unpredictable and Apple has a ton to lose."
"The reality is both parties should get together and avoid mutually assured destruction," added Robinson, who once served as Qualcomm's director of patents. "Apple has been giving Qualcomm trouble in the United States and in China; Qualcomm has the patent portfolio to completely block the manufacturing chain for Apple if that's what they want to do."