Qualcomm announced three new patent infringement claims against Apple today. Allegedly having violated 16 Qualcomm patents, the Cupertino-based company’s Apple iPhone X takes the hot seat, among others.
Qualcomm and Apple’s legal battle over patent infringement ensues
To start, Qualcomm claims patent infringement in cover technologies like carrier aggregation and more. On the other hand, Qualcomm accuses Apple of violating a patent through the Portrait Mode’s depth-based image enhancement technique. Features designed to preserve battery life, like memory design and power management, remain in question as well.
Qualcomm’s petitions to ban iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X models
With five of the patents in mind, Qualcomm has also filed a new complaint to the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). The company has also filed a petition to ban imports of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X models equipped with Intel chips. These devices include AT&T and T-mobile devices within the United States.
In July, Qualcomm also moved to ban iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and some iPad models built with Intel modem chips, but not those with Qualcomm LTE chips. In their defense, the company claims the ITC more likely granting a limited exclusion order.
Apple products, Qualcomm claimed in the lawsuit, “would lose consumer appeal” without their technology. In addition, should the case push through, Apple receives a permanent injunction. Qualcomm also demands payment for attorneys fees and damage fees to be determined in trial. If claims prove to be true, of course.
The latest Qualcomm filing emerges from Apple’s countersuit filed earlier. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips, Apple claims, infringe on roughly eight of Apple’s battery life patents.
The legal conflict between Apple and Qualcomm continues to grow over the past few months. However, the dispute began as far back as January this year. In fact, the legal battle may even stretch into several years, as ITC has made no confirmation on whether or not an investigation on Qualcomm’s patent infringement claims against Apple will occur. Nonetheless, it seems extremely for Apple devices to leave store shelves any time soon.