Qualcomm Is Looking To Get Apple's iPhone X And iPhone 8 Banned

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Qualcomm filed the complaint in the USA district Court for the Southern District of California and alleges that Apple is infringing on five patents, with four of them originating from Palm.

These lawsuits allege that Apple is infringing 16 Qualcomm patents with the iPhone 7, 8, and X that run on AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States, as well as the bigger-screened Plus models. Yes, it really looks like Qualcomm is going after the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 7. The new patent violation lawsuits further contribute to the long-lasting legal brawl which has seen the two companies battle it out in court, thus ensuring the continuation of their feud.

With this in mind it could take weeks before an investigation begins and months for action on the complaint. The report also added that Apple will ditch Qualcomm and may use modem chips from Intel and MediaTek while designing iPhones and iPads for 2018. In July, Qualcomm accused Apple of illegally using Qualcomm tech related to saving battery power. Intel is well-positioned to become the main manufacturer of mobile chips for future iPhones if Apple and Qualcomm end up terminating their partnership.

In its new patent infringement cases, the chipmaker alleges that Apple infringes upon 16 of its patents related to bandwidth technology, power saving, photo editing and technology from dual-camera setups. Back in January, Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the chip designer for abusing its taking undue advantage of its market dominance. Qualcomm has also expanded the legal battle, seeking similar bans on the iPhone X and other iPhones in Germany and China as well.

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Qualcomm has yet to respond to the filing, but it's already fairly clear where the San Diego company stands on the matter. The '940 patent is to do with a power button that is multi-use for turning the phone on an off, silencing incoming calls, and activating a screen.

"Apple began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case", Apple wrote in its filing.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has asked the company's suppliers not to pay Qualcomm any royalties until the two resolve their legal disputes.

The Register has sought comment from Apple. If the processor chip giant had its way, iPhone Xs from these carriers could be banned. That covers the devices sold directly by AT&T and T-Mobile. Apple has since ramped up production to improve the availability.