Qualcomm seeks US import ban for iPhones

- Adrian Ungureanu

It seems that the war between Apple and Qualcomm over their royalties dispute is getting worse, as the chipset maker plans to get an US import ban for iPhone.

Apple decided not to pay any royalties to Qualcomm for its patents, as the Cupertino tech giant thinks the chip maker is asking way too much money. Qualcomm took the matter into court. Apple replied with its own lawsuit against Qualcomm and now the situation has escalated.

Qualcomm is preparing to ask the International Trade Commission (ITC) 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.

The odds are slim to none if we take in consideration the precedent with Samsung. ITC issued an import ban for more of Apple’s gadgets in 2013 when the US company was found to illegally use Samsung patents.

In order for such a drastic decision to become effective, it must be approved by the US president. Back in 2013, Obama vetoed the ban order that ITC issued. So, if Qualcomm get ITC’s approval, they have to take it to Donald Trump.

Also, we cannot rule this possibility completely. Donald Trump is known for its demand that American companies to bring back the production into the country. Trump might use this situation to force Apple to accelerate its plans to build new factories in the US, by agreeing with a temporary ban.