The saga continues to turn dramatic on Qualcomms claims on Apple for money owned on patent uses which the iPhone maker refuses to pay. Latest report published on Qualcomms website states that the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has started an investigation into Apple over the complaint filed in Jul 2017.
On the heel of the 10th anniversary of iPhone, we are sure this is not something Tim Cook wants hanging over his head when he goes on stage during the eventful day. According to the content on the site, the investigation will purportedly examine whether Apple has engaged in unfair trade practices by importing and selling certain mobile electronic devices, including iPhones and iPads that infringe one or more claims of six Qualcomm patents.
If found guilty Apple will have to cease all sales of iPhones in US and remove all stocks from stores immediately, the chipmaker is also requesting that the ITC issue a Limited Exclusion Order to bar importation, and a Cease and Desist Order to bar further sales and marketing of devices that use cellular baseband processors other than those supplied by its affiliates.
A similar suit has been filed in Germany. Will we see both this companies shaking hands after all this settles, our guess…very unlikely!