Apple Launches New Countersuit Against Qualcomm on The Basis Of Patent Infringement

Apple Launches New Countersuit Against Qualcomm on The Basis Of Patent Infringement

Apple Launches New Countersuit Against Qualcomm on The Basis Of Patent Infringement

For as per the latest on this, Qualcomm has accused Apple of infringing on three more of its patents, bringing the total number of patent infringements claims against the iPhone maker at 16.

The iPhone maker filed the lawsuit as a countersuit considering that Qualcomm had filed a lawsuit in July, accusing Apple of patent infringement on various patents aimed at better battery life for smartphones.

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.

The 16 patents in question relate to technologies ranging from RF transceivers and power-saving measures, multi-touch displays and, er, the user interface designed by Palm.

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"Apple can import iPhones (regardless of who supplies the modems) that do not infringe the patents asserted in this action, but Apple has no inherent right to infringe Qualcomm's [non-standards essential patents] through the sale of its iPhones", the filing reads.

Other alleged patent violations include the functionality to respond to a call with a text instead of answering, the ability to refocus the camera by tapping on the screen and the idea to drag multiple uses out of the power button including ending a call. Qualcomm is asking the court for an injunction that would prevent Apple from selling the GSM version of the 2017 iPhone models because those do not feature the Qualcomm made modem chip inside.

"You can't react that quickly to file lawsuits", he explained. But both Apple and Qualcomm can afford a long and tedious court battle, especially the former.

In particular, Qualcomm points to the iPhone X's multitasking interface and its similarities to the interface webOS used to use. Qualcomm has also expanded the legal battle, seeking similar bans on the iPhone X and other iPhones in Germany and China as well. In addition, Qualcomm is seeking for Apple to stop using those technologies in their devices. That includes the latest iPhone 8 duo as well as the more in demand iPhone X now on offer from AT&T and T-Mobile. Apple has denied infringing on any of Qualcomm's patents, saying such patents were invalid.

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