Qualcomm is taking its legal battle with Apple to the next level, unleashing its flock of legal dragons and requesting that the US government ban new iPhones from being sold in the United States. Qualcomm is also seeking that a sales ban is placed on iPhones that are in the US right now.
The creator of Snapdragon claims that Apple is violating on six patents that it holds, all to do with extending a smartphone's battery life. Qualcomm adds that none of the patents are essential to a standard, meaning it doesn't need to license them, as it is with other patents that Qualcomm and Apple are fighting over now. Qualcomm's General Counsel, Don Rosenberg, said in a statement: "Qualcomm's inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards. Apple continues to use Qualcomm's technology while refusing to pay for it".
Qualcomm has now heightened the dispute with Apple, but there is a fair bit going on between the companies as it is. It all started with the Federal Trade Commission suing Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices in relation to sales of its smartphone modems, and then Apple jumped on filing a lawsuit which was very similar to the FTC. Apple expanded that lawsuit into two other countries, while Qualcomm slapped its own lawsuits onto the table against not just Apple, but it's suppliers.
Apple is complaining that Qualcomm is asking for "disproportionately high" fees for its patents, and is reportedly abusing its position as market leader in smartphone modems. But you know what, Apple? You're making untold billions of dollars selling iPhones, and if you can't make those modems yourself - cough the cash up. It's quite simple, really. On a side note, I think Apple is trying to poke a dragon, and it's going to breath fire in a snap of Qualcomm's fingers.