Qualcomm Expands Apple Feud With 3 More Patent Suits

Qualcomm Expands Apple Feud With 3 More Patent Suits

The ever-growing and wide-ranging legal battle between the tech giant and Snapdragon chip maker Qualcomm is getting hotter, as the latter filed three new patent infringement lawsuits against the Cupertino giant for violating a total of 16 Qualcomm patents with its most recent iPhones, including the iPhone X.

The back and forth legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm picked up some steam during the last two days.

"Five of these patents are also included in a new complaint filed in the International Trade Commission". Qualcomm filed the suit with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Qualcomm in July accused Apple of infringing several patents related to helping mobile phones get better battery life.

The lawsuit covers a number of Apple devices, the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the new iPhone X. Qualcomm is looking for an injunction against these devices.

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"Rather than pay Qualcomm for the technology Apple uses, Apple has taken extraordinary measures to avoid paying Qualcomm for the fair value of Qualcomm's patents", the complaint states. "Apple can import iPhones (regardless of who supplies the modems) that do not infringe the patents asserted in this action, but Apple has no inherent right to infringe Qualcomm's [non-standards essential patent] through the sale of its iPhones", the filings said, according to Cnet.

Other alleged patent violations include the functionality to respond to a call with a text instead of answering, the ability to refocus the camera by tapping on the screen and the idea to drag multiple uses out of the power button including ending a call.

Qualcomm's various claims covered iPhones 5 through X, and also the Apple Watch.

Qualcomm also alleges the multitasking interface introduced with the iPhone X shares many similarities with the interface that WebOS used to use.

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. In that suit, Apple said Qualcomm's behavior was akin to "a common patent troll". 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.

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