Qualcomm now wants to ban Apple’s iPhone X as the tit for tat legal battle continues yet again this week with a series of new filings from Snapdragon chip maker. One of which seeks to ban some iPhone X sales in the US. What do you say about this lawsuit?
Now we know better when it was all about Apple suing of Qualcomm over the way its Snapdragon CPUs recently, with Qualcomm itself having been busy firing off a similar lawsuit in Apple’s direction begin the exact same day. It is claiming that iPhones from the iPhone 7 to iPhone X infringe violate sixteen patents covering power-saving modes, camera autofocus, and other capabilities. The lawsuit goes hand in hand with a US International Trade Commission request to ban imports of the iPhones over five of those patents.
Three new lawsuits allege that Apple is infringing 16 Qualcomm patents with iPhone 7, 8 and X, as well as their Plus models. Many of those cover technology that improves battery life and others apparently focus on additional smartphone technology. However, in one case, Qualcomm says Apple is relying on its patented tech to create the iPhone’s Portrait Mode effect.
While the lawsuits ask for unspecified payments from Apple for the alleged patent infringement and for the court to make Apple stop using those technologies. Just as was the case with previous attempts by Qualcomm to get iPhones banned, the new ITC case focuses on iPhones that use Intel’s wireless chipsets.
Qualcomm already tried to get other iPhones banned
Apple, for its part, has declined to comment, but with both companies now have gotten to the point of launching legal volleys at each other simultaneously, it’s clear that things are unlikely to settle down anytime soon.
Qualcomm claims asks for the importance of iPhone Xs using modems from its rival, Intel, to the banned, which would prevent the device from being sold on AT&T and T-Mobile (that is, unless Apple started buying modems for those phones from Qualcomm).
Qualcomm also points to the iPhone X’s multitasking interface and its similarities to the UI WebOS used to. In particular, Qualcomm apparently now owns patents covering that interface, as well as other technology first developed at Palm. The chip maker already filed a series of similar claims against Apple back in July, asking for payments and for a ban on iPhones.
This week, it’s updating those aforementioned claims to include the iPhone X, which wasn’t out when the legal battle first began.
Qualcomm rejects claims made by Apple that its royalty demands are on the extreme side and while the banning of iPhones from import and sale. Qualcomm rather pointed its filing when asked for, Apple also referred to the filings when asked for comment.
These patent lawsuits are more than a sideshow. They’re legally a defensive maneuver for Qualcomm. The real battle to watch is the one around whether Qualcomm will have to change its overall patent licensing behavior, which could mean the company will earn far less money from the sales of its modems.
Good luck for that Qualcomm, which is hoping to bully Apple into bending to its will then it may have chosen the wrong company. Let’s see what happens next.
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