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Qualcomm Seeks China iPhone Ban, Expanding Apple Legal Fight

  • Chipmaker files patent suit against its customer in China
  • Suit will seek ban of sale, manufacturing of offending devices
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Why Qualcomm Is Seeking an IPhone Ban in China

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Qualcomm Inc. filed lawsuits in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country, the chipmaker’s biggest shot at Apple Inc. so far in a sprawling and bitter legal fight.

The San Diego-based company aims to inflict pain on Apple in the world’s largest market for smartphones and cut off production in a country where most iPhones are made. The product provides almost two-thirds of Apple’s revenue. Qualcomm filed the suits in a Beijing intellectual property court claiming patent infringement and seeking injunctive relief, according to Christine Trimble, a company spokeswoman.