Qualcomm sues Apple back; Piper Jaffray analyst predicts iPhone future

Qualcomm sues Apple back; Piper Jaffray analyst predicts iPhone future

Qualcomm filed its request to make buying an iPhone X more hard on Thursday, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban all imports of versions of the device that had Intel modems.

These lawsuits allege that Apple is infringing 16 Qualcomm patents with the iPhone 7, 8, and X that run on AT&T and T-Mobile in the USA, as well as the bigger-screened Plus models.

Discovered by Apple Insider, the new complaint says Apple infringed five patents. Back in January, Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the chip designer for abusing its taking undue advantage of its market dominance.

Apple Inc on Wednesday filed a countersuit against Qualcomm Inc, alleging that Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile phone chips that power a wide variety of Android-based devices infringe on Apple's patents, the latest development in a long-running dispute.

Embattled Qualcomm is also facing a daily fine of €580,000 for withholding information from European Union antitrust regulators. The chipmaker apparently owns the patents for this interface, which Qualcomm argues means that Apple is committing more infringements, The Verge reports.




Apple at the time defended its self against Qualcomm's claim about violating patents relating to battery life by claiming that those patents were invalid.

Qualcomm and Apple's tit for tat legal battle continues yet again this week with a series of new filings from Qualcomm, one of which seeks to ban some iPhone X sales in the US. The two processors have since been superseded by superior chipsets, but you only have to take a trip back to a year ago to find Snapdragon 820-powered flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, LG V20, and HTC 10, to name but a small handful. The '940 patent is to do with a power button that is multi-use for turning the phone on an off, silencing incoming calls, and activating a screen.

"Apple began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case", the company wrote in its complaint.

AT&T and T-Mobile sell models of the latest iPhone that use the Intel model. It means you will easily be able to get your hands on the iPhone X during the holiday shopping season.

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