The new lawsuits, the latest gambit in Qualcomm's protracted legal battle with Apple, were reported in an October 13 story by Bloomberg. The San Diego-based chipmaker is apparently aiming to hurt Apple in the world's largest market for smartphones and cut off production in a country where majority of iPhones are manufactured.
Qualcomm is aiming to hit Apple in the biggest pouch possible by filing for a sales and manufacturing injunction on iPhones in China, the company has told Bloomberg.
Update: Qualcomm's suits pertain to three non-standard essential patents and the claims were filed in a Beijing court on September 29. The inventions "are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits", Trimble claims.
In July, Qualcomm asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban imports of some Apple iPhones that officials said infringe on multiple Qualcomm patents that drive performance and battery life of the devices. Rosenstock believes that "like [Qualcomm's] other courtroom maneuvers. this latest legal effort will fail".
Apple's shares were up marginally, while Qualcomm shares were little changed in afternoon trading.
Spokespeople from Apple and Qualcomm did not reply to email requests for comment from eWEEK.
Back in January, Apple sued Qualcomm for allegedly withholding $1 billion in rebates because it complied with Korean regulators investigating Qualcomm. The Cupertino company has historically used Qualcomm's modems in its phones, though it's recently switched to Intel chips for that objective.
Much of the language in the contractors' allegations mirror Apple's objections to Qualcomm's business model. The product provides nearly two-thirds of Apple's revenue.
Both companies have a lot at stake in this legal battle.
Analysts expect $5.2 billion in revenue for the June quarter, down from $6 billion a year earlier.