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Apple's legal battle with Qualcomm extends to China

Apple Inc. filed two lawsuits against Qualcomm Inc. in China, Forbes reported Jan. 25, citing a statement from the Intellectual Property Court in Beijing.

The first lawsuit, in which Apple is seeking 1 billion yuan in damages, accuses the chipmaker of violating China's anti-monopoly law. The second seeks a license agreement between the two parties for cellular "standard essential patents."

This comes shortly after Apple sued Qualcomm for $1 billion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, accusing the chipmaker of engaging in an "abusive licensing model" that resulted in overcharges to the iPhone maker.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission also filed a complaint against Qualcomm this month, alleging "anti-competitive tactics to maintain its monopoly" in the market.

Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel for Qualcomm, said the Chinese lawsuits were part of Apple's attempt to pay less for the chipmaker's technology, according to a Jan. 25 news release.

As of Jan. 25, US$1 was equivalent to 6.88 Chinese yuan.