By now those who have been following the tech news might have heard that Qualcomm and Apple are embroiled in a legal battle against each other, so much so that not too long ago, Qualcomm had actually filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to seek the ban of iPhone sales in the country.

Unfortunately for Apple it looks like Qualcomm’s request has been granted, sort of, as the ITC has announced that they will investigate Qualcomm’s allegations against Apple. Whether or not their investigation will result in a ban on iPhone sales remains to be seen, but we suppose for Qualcomm it is a start.

In a statement made by Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm in response to the ITC’s decision, “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. 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.”

As for Apple’s response, the company points to a comment made by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook back in May, in which Cook said that Qualcomm had yet to offer Apple “fair and reasonable” licensing terms for use of its technology.

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