Qualcomm and Apple’s tit for tat authorized battle continues but once more this week with a sequence of latest filings from Qualcomm, one among which seeks to ban some iPhone X gross sales within the US.
Three new lawsuits allege that Apple is infringing 16 Qualcomm patents with the iPhone 7, eight, and X, in addition to their Plus fashions. Most of the patents cowl expertise that improves battery life, however others give attention to extra smartphone tech. In a single case, Qualcomm says Apple is counting on its patented expertise to create the iPhone’s Portrait Mode impact.
Qualcomm already tried to get different iPhones banned
The lawsuits ask for unspecified funds from Apple for the alleged patent infringement and for the courtroom to make Apple cease utilizing these applied sciences. Qualcomm goes additional in a declare with the US Worldwide Commerce Fee, in line with The San Diego Union-Tribune, the place it asks for imports of iPhone Xs utilizing modems from its rival, Intel, to the banned, which might stop the system from being offered on AT&T and T-Cell (that’s, except Apple began shopping for modems for these telephones from Qualcomm).
Particularly, Qualcomm factors to the iPhone X’s multitasking interface and its similarities to the interface webOS used to make use of. Qualcomm apparently now owns patents masking that interface, in addition to different expertise first developed at Palm. “All of those Palm innovations — owned by Qualcomm — have vastly improved the performance of cellular gadgets and the person expertise, and all of them are broadly present in Apple merchandise with out license or permission,” Qualcomm writes in one among its lawsuits.
Qualcomm already filed a sequence of comparable claims in opposition to Apple again in July, once more asking for funds and for a ban on iPhones. However this week, it’s updating these claims to incorporate the iPhone X, which wasn’t out when the authorized battle first started.
The filings have been issued yesterday, shortly after Apple filed its personal patent infringement lawsuit in opposition to Qualcomm. In that go well with, Apple mentioned Qualcomm’s conduct was akin to “a standard patent troll.”
Qualcomm pointed to its filings when requested for remark. Apple additionally referred us to yesterday’s filings when requested for remark.
This authorized dispute began initially of the yr after the Federal Commerce Fee accused Qualcomm of anti-competitive conduct. Apple then filed a lawsuit making related accusations and continued to make these claims in courts all over the world. Qualcomm has fired again, and we’ve been watching the volleying play out over the past a number of months.
These patent lawsuits are extra of a sideshow. They’re largely a defensive maneuver for Qualcomm, which has already been fined by regulators in different international locations for related conduct to what it’s now below assault for within the US. The actual battle to observe is the one round whether or not Qualcomm should change its general patent licensing conduct, which may imply the corporate will earn far much less cash off the gross sales of its modems.