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Qualcomm Sues Apple for Patent Infringement, Requests ITC Block iPhone

Chip giant Qualcomm (QCOM) this afternoon intensified its legal battle with its largest customer, Apple (AAPL), filing suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, alleging Apple is infringing on six of Qualcomm’s patents pertaining to a variety of capabilities of mobile devices.

The company also said it is filing a request with the International Trade Commission to request a “limited exclusion order” that would ban shipments of the iPhone found to infringe from entering the U.S.

The ITC request leaves open the door to some units of the iPhone to be imported, were a ban to be granted, by stating the ban is sought with respect to “iPhones that use cellular baseband processors the than those supplied by Qualcomm’s affiliates.” Intel (INTC) is the other supplier of baseband chips for the iPhone, used in some models instead of Qualcomm’s parts.

In its press release, Qualcomm’s chief counsel, Don...