Qualcomm building in San Diego
A Qualcomm sign is pictured at one of its many campus buildings in San Diego. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate Qualcomm‘s allegations that Apple infringed on key patents with its iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices.

Qualcomm has asked the commission to halt the import of the devices, which are assembled in China. Apple has stopped paying Qualcomm royalties for use of its technology amid a growing dispute.

The commission, which investigates unfair trade practices, said it expected to complete its investigation within the next 45 days.

The investigation will examine whether Apple has engaged in unfair trade practices by importing and selling mobile electronic devices that infringe one or more of six Qualcomm patents.

“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. “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.”

In addition to filing the complaint last month, Qualcomm filed suit against Apple in U.S. District Court in San Diego.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.