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Qualcomm Fires Fresh Legal Salvo, Seeks Ban On Apple's iPhone X

Qualcomm Fires Fresh Legal Salvo, Seeks Ban On Apple's iPhone X

In the latest escalation of the almost year-long legal battle, Qualcomm filed three complaints Wednesday in U.S. District Court alleging violations on 16 different Qualcomm patents by Apple, some related to RF transceivers and power-saving measures, some related to multi-touch displays and some related to the innovations of Palm. For those unaware, Apple had filed a countersuit on November 29 accusing Qualcomm of infringing "at least" eight battery life patents owned by Apple.

Qualcomm filed its request to make buying an iPhone X more hard on Thursday, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban all imports of versions of the device that had Intel modems. Apple seems to have waged war on Qualcomm through the new counter lawsuit following the chipmaker's patent infringement suit as well as a complaint that it filed with the U.S International Trade Commission.

Apple did not specify the scale of the damages it is seeking over the power-management patent infringement.

The lawsuit covers a number of Apple devices, the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the new iPhone X. Qualcomm is looking for an injunction against these devices. "Qualcomm's paid advertising makes wildly inflated claims about its role in the development of the smartphone, but the facts show that it was Apple that put an easy-to-use computer-phone in the palm of people's hands, not Qualcomm". Another complaint was filed to ban the import of iPhones using Intel chips due the alleged patent violations.

General Counsel Don Rosenberg in a statement said Qualcomm filings are not a direct denial to Apple's complaint.




Apple has accused supplier Qualcomm of behaving like a "common patent troll", as the iPhone maker responds to the mobile chip designer with another round of litigation.

"All of these Palm inventions-owned by Qualcomm-have vastly improved the functionality of mobile devices and the user experience, and all of them are widely found in Apple products without license or permission", the firm argues. The total number of iPhones sold during the given period was much higher considering Rosenblatt's numbers don't include the iPhone 8 series and the iPhone 7 series. Apple then filed a lawsuit making similar accusations and continued to make those claims in courts around the world.

Olson expects Apple to release three OLED iPhones next year and calls the devices the iPhone X's "offspring".

The latest move from Qualcomm can also be seen as a response to Apple's filing of new cases against the former.


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