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U.S. regulators to probe Qualcomm’s complaints of Apple

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U.S. trade officials announced they will investigate claims made by chipmaker Qualcomm that Apple infringed on patents with components in its smartphones.

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The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) said it has voted to look into patent violation claims Qualcomm raised in a lawsuit filed last month.

The USITC specifically said it would investigate components used in Apple’s iPhone 7 as well as other devices.

The USITC said it plans to end the investigation within 45 days and make a final determination regarding Qualcomm’s complaint soon after.

“By instituting this investigation, the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case,” the commission noted in a statement.

Last month, Qualcomm requested all iPhone imports into the U.S. cease and that all sales of iPhones already in the country be banned. However, the commission did not say if it was acting on that request, only that it had received it.

Specifically, Qualcomm contends Apple has infringed on six patents relating to extending the iPhone’s battery. The company said it was very pleased with the USITC’s new investigation.

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