Qualcomm wants the iPhone X banned because it 'infringes', er, Palm patents

Qualcomm wants the iPhone X banned because it 'infringes', er, Palm patents

On Thursday, just hours after Apple filed a suit alleging that Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips infringe on eight of its battery patents, the tit-for-tat battle stepped up a notch with the launch of three new lawsuits. In response to Qualcomm's patent and royalties suit in July, Apple has countersued, saying that the Snapdragon mobile processor infringes on its battery life patents.

The suit mainly focuses on the Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 820.

Qualcomm, a California-based manufacturer perhaps best known for its line of processors that are widely used in smartphones, is seeking unspecified payments from Apple for its alleged infringement on the patents.

Qualcomm alleged the infringement took place in a range of Apple devices.

Generally whenever Apple announces a new iPhone it also announces a new System-on-a-Chip, and this year was no different. Numerous patents cover technology that improves battery life, but others focus on additional smartphone tech. "Qualcomm's paid advertising makes wildly inflated claims about its role in the development of the smartphone, but the facts show that it was Apple that put an easy-to-use computer-phone in the palm of people's hands, not Qualcomm".

Qualcomm also filed a second complaint, and this one has a total of six patents having to do with tech ranging from machine learning to power management.

It seems that Qualcomm's legal team was taking note, they cited that line in a complaint alleging that Apple ripped off Palm's patented interface.

Apple countered that Qualcomm's patents were invalid and that it didn't infringe on them - a common move in patent infringement cases. What's more, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the chipmaker has asked the US International Trade Commission to halt imports of iPhone X handsets using modems from Intel.

The ongoing battle between Apple and Qualcomm started earlier this year after the Federal Trade Commission accused Qualcomm of anti-competitive behavior, which prompted Apple to file a lawsuit claiming Qualcomm had been overcharging for use of its patents. This would prevent the device from being sold on AT&T and T-Mobile. Apple has since ramped up production to improve the availability.

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