Qualcomm Seeks Partial Ban on iPhone X, Apple Countersues

Gwen Vasquez
December 4, 2017

Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models with Qualcomm modems also had faster LTE download speeds than their Intel counterparts a year ago. In total, Qualcomm claims that Apple's current batch of iPhones infringe on 16 patents in total, which relate to technologies ranging from power-saving measures, multi-touch displays and even the User Interface used on the Palm phone.

However, the fresh suits doesn't include a dispute Qualcomm is filing with the US International Trade Commission, which seeks a ban on importing some iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus models. Both Apple and Qualcomm are battling each other in court over numerous lawsuits and just yesterday, Qualcomm filed to ban Apple from selling the GSM version of the Apple iPhone X. Apple has also been reported to start designing mobile devices that will allow it to get rid of Qualcomm LTE chips indefinitely, hence inciting more backlash from the latter.

This summer, Qualcomm filed a complaint alleging that Apple was infringing on its power-efficiency technologies for mobile phones.

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All three cases that were filed on Thursday have been filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego. One belonged to Qualcomm and was termed the A1865. "Put plainly, Qualcomm saw the unique features and success of the iPhone, and then pursued patents trying to cover the Apple product much like a common patent troll".

As private testing has shown time and time again, iPhone X units with Qualcomm modems in them - typically United States CDMA and Japanese variants - perform better than those with Intel parts inside - essentially any GSM unit worldwide. However, Qualcomm still believes that the dispute could be resolved outside the courts. In the meantime, processor rival Broadcom last month launched an unsolicited attempt to acquire Qualcomm.

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