Qualcomm alleges that Apple's iPhone infringes on its Palm Pre patents


Qualcomm filed its patent infringement lawsuit at the same time it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to ban the import of Apple iPhones that use competing Intel Corp chips because of the alleged patent violations. Qualcomm has now pulled out some old Palm patents in an attempt to get the ITC to ban Apple's fresh iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Qualcomm has demanded a court trial and an injunction on the infringing devices including the iPhone X, iPhone 8 series, and the iPhone 7 series in the US.

Qualcomm claims that the new complaints aren't directly related to Apple's legal action. The company alleges it owns minimum 8 battery life patents that Qualcomm has breached.

A new set of legal filings from telecommunications equipment maker Qualcomm in its ongoing court battle with Apple will seek to ban the sale of iPhone X offered by multiple carriers in the United States.

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.

The case dates back to January this year when Apple first took Qualcomm to court seeking damages to the tune of $1 billion. Apple has denied infringing on any of Qualcomm's patents, saying such patents were invalid. Apple in its suit, filed just a few days back, accused Qualcomm of infringing on no less than eight patents related to battery life owned by Apple.

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In response to Apple's allegations, the latter also reportedly filed a lawsuit with Apple in China, seeking to halt manufacturing and selling of iPhones in the country earlier this month.

Prior to this development, on November 29th, Apple sued Qualcomm over Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors. The Cupertino company said its patents in question ensure that the processor uses only minimal power and turns off the parts that are not needed to save battery.

Olson expects Apple to release three OLED iPhones next year and calls the devices the iPhone X's "offspring".

Qualcomm General Counsel Don Rosenberg said the timing of Qualcomm's lawsuits is coincidental to Apple's countersuit. That covers the devices sold directly by AT&T and T-Mobile. In the same filing, Apple referred to Qualcomm's behavior as that of a "common patent troll". The complaint was particularly limited to devices using Intel modems instead of those built by Qualcomm and its sub-contractors.