Qualcomm just gained a big fighter in their corner for the battle against Apple, with the US International Trade Commission announcing that it will be investigating the claims that Apple has infringed on Qualcomm's patents.
Some of the models of Apple's latest iPhone 7 are using an Intel-made modem and not the one from Qualcomm, and while Qualcomm notes that the modem doesn't violate patents, it's the implementation by Apple that does infringe on their patents.
Qualcomm released a statement not too long ago, where they said:
SAN DIEGO - August 8, 2017 - Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) today announced that the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has commenced an investigation into Apple Inc.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Qualcomm on July 7, 2017. The investigation will 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. Qualcomm is requesting that the ITC issue a Limited Exclusion Order to bar importation, and a Cease and Desist Order to bar further sales and marketing in the United States, of iPhones and iPads that use cellular baseband processors other than those supplied by Qualcomm's affiliates.
"Qualcomm is pleased with the ITC's decision to investigate Apple's unfair trade practices and the unauthorized importation of products using Qualcomm's patents," said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm. "We look forward to the ITC's expeditious investigation of Apple's ongoing infringement of our intellectual property and the accelerated relief that the Commission can provide."