Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Qualcomm Expands Apple Feud With 3 More Patent Suits

Qualcomm Expands Apple Feud With 3 More Patent Suits

The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm has deepened, with the latter company firing off three new lawsuits claiming infringement of its patents. For those unaware, Apple had filed a countersuit on November 29 accusing Qualcomm of infringing "at least" eight battery life patents owned by Apple. The newly launched iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X all use Apple's in-house ...

Meanwhile, among the new cases filed against Apple include one that deals with "depth-based image enhancement" technology for portrait mode which Qualcomm says is a gross violation of its patent.

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. Qualcomm has demanded a court trial and an injunction on the infringing devices including the iPhone X, iPhone 8 series, and the iPhone 7 series in the US.

"Rather than pay Qualcomm for the technology Apple uses, Apple has taken extraordinary measures to avoid paying Qualcomm for the fair value of Qualcomm's patents", the complaint states.

This is all part of bigger argument between the two over how much Apple should be paying Qualcomm for patents on tech that goes into the iPhone.

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However, in a statement, general counsel at Qualcomm Don Rosenberg denied that Qualcomm's filings were in response to Apple's counter-claims. Intel is well-positioned to become the main manufacturer of mobile chips for future iPhones if Apple and Qualcomm end up terminating their partnership.

Qualcomm also alleges the multitasking interface introduced with the iPhone X shares many similarities with the interface that WebOS used to use. Back in January, Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the chip designer for abusing its taking undue advantage of its market dominance. That covers the devices sold directly by AT&T and T-Mobile.

Generally whenever Apple announces a new iPhone it also announces a new System-on-a-Chip, and this year was no different.

Olson expects Apple to release three OLED iPhones next year and calls the devices the iPhone X's "offspring".

"This case presents a tale of two companies", Apple writes in Wednesday's legal filings.

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