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02 December 2017, 12:36 | Justin Tyler
Among other things Qualcomm is seeking to ban imports of the iPhone X
Payments for damages have been unspecified, but Qualcomm could be looking to but a brake on the iPhone X sales momentum unless Apple hires the LTE chip maker as the only supplier of the aforementioned component.
The chipmaker, however, goes further and requested the U.S. International Trade Commission to stop the imports of iPhone models that use modems from rival Intel.
There are three new lawsuits that stated Apple has committed infringement with 16 Qualcomm patents with the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPhone X along with their Plus models. Qualcomm said in one case that Apple is reliant on its technology to create the Portrait Mode effect in the iPhones. They also asked the court to order Apple to cease using the technologies. In these instances, the Qualcomm modem experienced 67 percent faster download speeds on average compared to the Intel modem. Apple is so upset with Qualcomm that there is talk that the 2018 iPhone models will feature modem chips from Intel and MediaTek. Qualcomm also pointed out the similarities the interface that webOS used to utilize.
"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", Apple continued. However this week, Qualcomm is updating those claims to include the iPhone X in its ban, which was not yet released to the public when the legal dispute started.
Apple has not commented on Qualcomm's latest retaliation, which isn't uncommon for the company. Apple is now reportedly alleging that Qualcomm infringed on eight Apple patents bothering on power efficiency.
The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm began earlier this year, when Apple objected to the royalties Qualcomm charges for the use of its patents in mobile devices. Broadcom offered $130 billion to buy Qualcomm in what would have been the biggest tech acquisition ever, but Qualcomm rejected it because it thought that the price was still too low.
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