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Qualcomm Seeks Import Ban on AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone 8 and iPhone X Models

Qualcomm today announced that it has filed three new patent infringement claims against Apple, accusing the Cupertino company of violating a total of 16 Qualcomm patents with its most recent iPhones, including the iPhone X.

Most of the patents in question cover technologies like carrier aggregation, memory designs, and power management features that are designed help to reduce battery usage, but in one claim, Qualcomm says Apple is using a depth-based image enhancement technique for Portrait mode that violates a Qualcomm patent.


Qualcomm is also filing a new complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) concerning five of the patents, and it is asking the ITC to ban imports of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models that use chips from Intel, aka AT&T and T-Mobile devices in the United States.

The complaint with the ITC follows a previous filing in July that saw Qualcomm ask for an import ban on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models equipped with Intel modem chips, along with some iPad models. Qualcomm has not asked for a ban on iPhones that use Qualcomm LTE chips, with the reasoning that a more limited exclusion order is more likely to be granted.

In the lawsuit, Qualcomm once again says its inventions form the "very core" of "modern mobile communication," and that without Qualcomm technology, Apple products "would lose much of their consumer appeal."

Qualcomm is seeking damages in an amount to be proven at trial, a permanent injunction against Apple, and attorneys fees.

Qualcomm's latest filing follows a countersuit from Apple that was filed earlier this week. Apple claims that Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips infringe on "at least" eight battery life patents owned by Apple.

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm kicked off in January of this year, and it has escalated rapidly over the course of the last several months. It is not clear if the ITC will agree to investigate the claims Qualcomm has made against Apple, but this will be a legal battle that spans several years, so Apple devices are in no danger of being banned anytime soon.



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12 months ago
Apple should have never done business with this sleazy company
Rating: 25 Votes
12 months ago

Apple should have never done business with this sleazy company

Sleazy because it's not Apple.

How DARE someone else make money from developing the technology for the Anointed Almighty God Steve Jobs' phone!
Rating: 16 Votes
12 months ago
Well with Qualcomm current market cap sitting at around $97 billion and it's valuation being a bit low on the tech side with good dividends being paid Apple should just buy the company and absorb all of the patents. Let Qualcomm continue to do what they do but without all the litigation. I mean, if I had $97 billion laying around that's exactly what I would do.

Of course, that kind of thinking is probably one of the reasons I don't happen to have $97 billion laying around.
Rating: 13 Votes
12 months ago
How many times are they gonna try this?

Increasingly glad I dont have the scummy co’s radio in my X or 7+ :P
Rating: 11 Votes
12 months ago

Sleazy because it's not Apple.

How DARE someone else make money from developing the technology for the Anointed Almighty God Steve Jobs' phone!

When they were trying to cheat Apple it’s sleazy
Rating: 11 Votes
12 months ago
Qualcomm Need to give it a break now they lost the all important war
Rating: 9 Votes
12 months ago
Can't we just get Little Timmy Cook and Qualcomm to hug it out? I mean he's gotta be good for something, new products and decent security patches ain't it.
Rating: 9 Votes
12 months ago
Qualcomm is doing its best to make even more enemies…. now including Intel, AT&T and the [S]stupendously loudmouthed John Legere[/S] T-Mobile.
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago
"Qualcomm has not asked for a ban on iPhones that use Qualcomm LTE chips, with the reasoning that a more limited exclusion order is more likely to be granted."

because more iPhones sales with Qualcomm chips gives them more money
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago

When they were trying to cheat Apple it’s sleazy

They aren’t cheating anyone. Qualcomm has hardware and software patents. Use a Qualcomm modem you pay for both the hardware use and then the software use.
Rating: 7 Votes

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