Apple vs. Qualcomm legal battle has become more severer than you may have thought – so severe that they both have started to sue each other. While Apple was busy to sue Snapdragon chips on November 29, Qualcomm was filing three new complaints relating to 16 supplementary patents against Apple including asking for the iPhone X to be banned. The complaint of the iPhone X ban comes as a blast for Apple.
Qualcomm filed a complaint to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) noting that Apple’s smartphones, ranging from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone X, breach five of its patents. That’s far fewer than the 16 patent infringements Qualcomm elevated against the Cupertino-based giant in its November 29 lawsuit. However, the breaches still cover a range of technologies such as depth-based imagery, radio-frequency transceivers, an energy saving memory array, camera autofocus, and even on-off power phases.
Counting on the ITC decision to take action on Qualcomm’s complaint, Apple may see the iPhone X ban in the U.S. Imports and sales of the hottest smartphone 2017, i.e. iPhone X along with other Apple products could be banned. In case Qualcomm wins, the victory may cause the company to take further action against Apple with other agencies across the globe. We have already seen a similar call for Apple iPhone X ban in China.
However, it’s not the first time the Snapdragon chip maker has filed an ITC complaint against Apple. Earlier in August, Qualcomm had raised an issue with 6 patent breaches that led to an investigation, but nothing else until now. Keeping this in mind, it will not be wrong to say that an examination of the iPhone X ban can take weeks and even months to take a proper action on the complaint.
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As with Snapdragon creator’s former ITC fight, the new ITC case is evidently emphasized only on those iPhones that make use of Intel’s wireless chipsets. For now, Apple has refused to comment on the iPhone X ban.
With these end-to-end lawsuits, it’s clearer than ever that the companies are endeavoring to force each other’s hand. Qualcomm specifically pays no heed to Apple’s claim that its royalty demands are too much and it can employ the menace of bans on revolutionary iPhones as a tough negotiating clip. Although the proceedings and ITC complaint take a while, chances are that bans on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X can do a substantial damage to Apple’s bottom line and move it to the bargaining table.
The lawsuits demand unspecified payments from Apple for the so-called patent violation. Qualcomm has asked the court to stop Apple from using these technologies. In case the claim gets successful, the new Apple smartphone will be banned from being sold on AT & T and T-Mobile.
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