Qualcomm Expands Apple Feud With 3 More Patent Suits

Posted December 02, 2017

It began when Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the chipmaker for allegedly charging exorbitant patent royalties.

That's far fewer than the 16 patent violations Qualcomm raised against Apple in its November 29 lawsuit, but they still cover a gamut of technologies including radio-frequency transceivers, depth-based imagery, an energy saving memory array and even on-off power phases.

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. Qualcomm is looking to have some iPhone X sales banned on the U.S. in series of new filings.

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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.

With this in mind it could take weeks before an investigation begins and months for action on the complaint. Another complaint was filed to ban the import of iPhones using Intel chips due the alleged patent violations.

Apple at the time defended its self against Qualcomm's claim about violating patents relating to battery life by claiming that those patents were invalid.

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Three new lawsuits allege that Apple is infringing 16 Qualcomm patents with the iPhone 7, 8, and X, as well as their Plus models. Qualcomm is asking the court for an injunction that would prevent Apple from selling the GSM version of the 2017 iPhone models because those do not feature the Qualcomm made modem chip inside. As we told you last night, Apple is now accusing the chipmaker of infringing on eight Apple patents related to power efficiency.

"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 counterclaim which was presented by Apple claims that the Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors from Qualcomm. The Cupertino company said its patents in question ensure that the processor uses only minimal power and turns off the parts that are not needed to save battery.

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Qualcomm has earlier sought a similar ban on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices that are powered by Intel chips as per a complaint with the ITC. Carriers that sell the iPhone X with a modem provided by Qualcomm-available through Verizon, Sprint and sold as an unlocked device-would still be available.