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

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

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

Qualcomm has filed a complaint stating that Apple has used 16 of its patents in its iPhones. The chipmaker apparently owns the patents for this interface, which Qualcomm argues means that Apple is committing more infringements, The Verge reports.

Shortly after the announcement of the iPhone X in September, my colleague Natasha Lomas noted the similarities between the phone and how WebOS operated on the Palm Pre.

Now Qualcomm has filed a new lawsuit against Apple and this on included their new iPhone X as well as other devices. The decision comes because of a dispute over the Cupertino giant's use of Qualcomm's proprietary technology. If Qualcomm were to win, a victory might cause the company to take further action against Apple with other agencies around the world - which we have already seen a similar call for iPhone X bans in China.

Defending itself against the accusations of patent infringement, Apple's legal team says the San Diego-based chipmaker has asserted "weak patents that nibble at the edges of the smartphone platform and cover concepts that Apple simply does not use". In response, Qualcomm is hitting Apple with another lawsuit that specifically applies to iPhones that can be obtained from AT&T and T-Mobile. Apple has refuted the assertions that it breached battery life patents of Qualcomm and charged that Qualcomm's patents were worthless, a common step in such instances. As we previously mentioned, Apple is getting a little pissed off and reportedly has been designing the 2018 iPhone models to run without Qualcomm's modem chips.

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. Intel is well-positioned to become the main manufacturer of mobile chips for future iPhones if Apple and Qualcomm end up terminating their partnership. Qualcomm General Counsel Don Rosenberg noted, "You can't react that quickly to file lawsuits".

The research firm estimates that Apple has sold more than 15 million iPhone X devices since the November 3 launch.

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