Qualcomm Seeks US Import Ban for iPhones

Posted by Megalith 2:50 PM (CDT)

Thursday May 04, 2017

Qualcomm isn’t taking Apple’s refusal to pay licensing fees well and is opting to screw the fruit company over by banning their top product from entering the country. The chipset maker is taking the case to the International Trade Commission, which actually blocked Qualcomm’s chips from entering the US some years back because of a patent dispute with Broadcomآ—hopefully for them, the tides are reversed this time. It would suck for Apple if they got blocked right before the release of the iPhone 8, which they have reportedly spent a lot of sweat and tears on. Thanks to Kyle for this one.

Incensed over Apple Inc.’s decision to stop paying it billions of dollars in licensing fees for smartphone chips, Qualcomm Inc. plans to retaliate by asking a U.S. trade agency to ban the imports of iPhones, according to a person familiar with the company’s strategy. Qualcomm is preparing to ask the International Trade Commission to stop the iPhone, which is built in Asia, from entering the country, threatening to block Apple’s iconic product from the American market in advance of its anticipated new model this fall, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.