Qualcomm seeks to ban the AT&T and T-Mobile Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Qualcomm seeks to ban the AT&T and T-Mobile Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
The back and forth legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm picked up some steam during the last two days. As we told you last night, Apple is now accusing the chipmaker of infringing on eight Apple patents related to power efficiency. Today, Qualcomm sued Apple, claiming that the latter was rifling through the closet where Qualcomm keeps its intellectual property.

With today's suit, Qualcomm accused Apple of using five patents without obtaining the proper licensing. The intellectual property involved is related to cellular connectivity, power efficiency, and 3D imagery on the Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Apple iPhone X. 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. In other words, the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are the phones that Qualcomm wants the court to ban. Oh yeah, Qualcomm is also seeking unspecified damages and court costs.

Qualcomm filed the suit with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. As we previously mentioned, Apple is getting a little pissed off and reportedly has been designing the 2018 iPhone models to run without Qualcomm's modem chips. Instead, speculation has Apple turning to Intel (the company that currently supplies the part for GSM flavored models) and MediaTek.

So how is this going to end? Every time Apple sneezes, Qualcomm sues and vice versa. Eventually, we'd imagine that some of these suits will have to be consolidated. We wouldn't be surprised to see both sides try to settle all of these suits.

source: Scribd via AppleInsider

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16 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31623; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If they succeeded, cnour and bucky would drop dead on the spot.

4. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol nice try. Everyone knows the trolling and fanboy stuff is your thing.

6. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Just like you.

9. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

This will be bad for AT&T and T-Mobile not for Apple.

10. Peacetoall unregistered

- the future is here others will follow

12. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

We all love Apple

14. tedkord

Posts: 17478; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You love them enough for all of us.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

How will it not be bad for Apple. That is stupid if you think it would not be. Do you know how many millions will return their iPhones and how many millions will go to Android because of it.

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I thought if you pay for a part you get to use it. This just a big facad I would imagine. At some point it’s about how much money sombody is getting. I am sure Qualcomm wants Apple to sell its phones. If it gets the right amount of money. All these years of Apple squeezing more money out of there phones and now they seem like they are getting a tasting there own medicine.

3. handsomparis

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

I though the samething

5. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

That’s how life work buy low sell high. As far ethical or not is different question,

7. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Interesting statement and souce from the patent suit document: "Apple's founder boasted that Apple "steals" the great ideas of others—specifically, that "we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."2 Apple employees likewise admit that Apple—a relatively late entrant in the mobile space—did not invent many of the iPhone's features. Instead, Apple incorporated, marketed, and commercialized the work of others: "I don't know how many things we can come up with that you could legitimately claim we did first..We had the first commercially successful version of many features but that's different than launching something to market first." https://www.embedded.com/print/4391702

11. Peacetoall unregistered

east or west God apple is the best they can do nothing wrong

8. blkkobra

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

If I'm understanding this correctly, Qualcomm is suing Apple because the models with Intel chips are using Qualcomm patents that they haven't paid licensing fees for. That seems fair, if not a bit petty. The Intel modems kinda suck anyway. It's why the T-Mobile and AT&T versions have such weaker signal quality over the Verizon version. Even on WiFi.

15. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Age old argument. Innovation VS invention. Apple has openly admitted innovation. Steve Jobs never said he invented the touch screen. It sure is better than the capacitive display on the Samsunsung Omnia 2 I had!! This is where fan boys, (“boys” being the operative word) can’t get it.

16. farbodght

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

seriously?

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