Qualcomm Wants To Ban IPhone 8 In The US

Posted: May 5 2017, 9:33am CDT | by , in News | Apple

 
Qualcomm Wants to Ban iPhone 8 in the US
  • If Qualcomm has its Way Imports of the iPhone 8 may be Banned in the US

It is being said that if Qualcomm has its way in the end, imports of the iPhone 8 by Apple Inc. may be banned in the US.

The head honchos at Qualcomm are very angry at Apple Inc. for not paying it billions of dollars in licencing fees for smartphone chips.

According to Bloomberg, Qualcomm has decided to fight back by requesting a trade agency in the United States to ban all further imports of iPhones. The ITC (International Trade Commission) will be asked by the executives of Qualcomm to put the screws on the iPhone imports into the US of A.

Since the iPhone is built in Asia, its imports into the USA are a necessary part of the manufacturing and distribution process. Yet now it seems that a spanner will be thrown into the works.

Thus the threat to this iconic product from Apple is present at the moment. The ITC is a semi-judicial body that has the veto power necessary to block imports of any product into the United States. It is a better recourse than most courts of law which take eons to reach a decision on such grave issues of injustice.

The litigation involves certain valuable patents that Qualcomm lent Apple Inc. Apple objected that the system devised by Qualcomm to charge for every chip (whether it belonged to it in the first place or not) is simply unfair.

Apple claimed that Qualcomm employed some leverage to wrongfully aid its semiconductor unit. This dispute took on epic proportions when just seven days ago, Apple cut off payments to Qualcomm.

This damage to Qualcomm’s coffers has led to the litigious effort by the company to derail Apple’s plans to make a hefty profit from its iPhones especially the iPhone 8.

Spokespersons from both giants refused to comment on the SNAFU. According to Techcrunch, Qualcomm has been hit below the belt by Apple and it plans on returning the favor. The current conflict could be aggravated by further differences of interest.

Apple has stopped paying any and all royalties to Qualcomm. This has left Qualcomm high and dry. They both have a point though since the truth regarding who did what to whom lies somewhere in the middle in this dispute. You always need to hear both sides of the story and it takes two to tango.

According to Techradar, a ban would be highly unlikely though. Things are not as simple as they seem. The ITC will take the point of view of either party to the dispute and only announce its decision after carefully weighing and sifting through the facts. Besides Apple Inc. carries too much importance for it to be manhandled even by the likes of the ITC.

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