Qualcomm's three filings with the US District Court for the Southern District of San Francisco allege that Apple is infringing on 16 of its patents in the iPhone 7, 8, and X, as well as the Plus models. Yes, it really looks like Qualcomm is going after the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 7. However, the company refused to comment on three new complaints. Earlier this August, the Snapdragon creator raised issue with six patent violations that led to an investigation, but nothing else thus far. While the technology was originally developed by Palm, Qualcomm purchased the company's patent portfolio in 2014. Even though Intel modems are slightly inferior to their Qualcomm counterparts, Apple has been using Intel chips in some of its iPhones to diversify its supplier base.
The patents in question primarily relate to technology used to improve battery life, but spans across multiple areas of smartphone technology that is allegedly utilized within the iPhone line. Qualcomm General Counsel Don Rosenberg noted, "You can't react that quickly to file lawsuits".
The counterclaim which was presented by Apple claims that the Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors from Qualcomm.
The iPhone maker's accusation that Qualcomm is behaving like a patent troll - a company that hoards intellectual property without making any real products, generating most of its money from lawsuits - marks a new low in the pair's relationship. 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.
Qualcomm is seeking unspecified payments from Apple and for the court to make Apple stop using those technologies. That covers the devices sold directly by AT&T and T-Mobile. With today's suit, Qualcomm accused Apple of using five patents without obtaining the proper licensing. Now Apple has added allegations that Qualcomm is infringing on Apple patents, which is also common in such cases. If the processor chip giant had its way, iPhone Xs from these carriers could be banned.