Nov 30, 2017

Qualcomm Filed Three New Patent Infringement Claims Against Apple, Seeking An Import Ban On iPhone 8 And iPhone X

Eailer of this week, Reuters reports that Apple has filing a countersuit against Qualcomm and claiming that the supplier's Snapdragon chips, which used in many Android devices -- infringe on the Cupertino company's patents. Soon enough Qualcomm responded, they filed three new patent infringement claims against Apple.

Qualcomm accusing the Cupertino company of violating a total of 16 Qualcomm patents with its most recent iPhones, including the iPhone X. Most of the patents in question cover technologies like carrier aggregation, memory designs, and power management features that are designed help to reduce battery usage.


Especially in one claim, Qualcomm says Apple is using a depth-based image enhancement technique for Portrait mode that violates a Qualcomm patent. While the chip maker's latest request to the U.S. International Trade Commission seeks an import ban on iPhone 8 and iPhone X variants that use modems from Intel on AT&T and T-Mobile.

Qualcomm seeking damages in an amount to be proven at trial, a permanent injunction against Apple, and attorneys fees. Qualcomm's latest filing follows a countersuit from Apple that was filed earlier this week. Apple claims that Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips infringe on "at least" eight battery life patents owned by Apple.

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm kicked off in January this year, it continues to escalate and there’s no sign of an end in sight. Both Qualcomm’s CEO and Apple’s Tim Cook have expressed a desire to settle the various cases, but hope of that has seemingly gone out the window. Apple is looking to drop using Qualcomm chips completely.

Via MacRumors And 9to5Mac, Image Credit CNN Money

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