Qualcomm files fresh lawsuit against Apple

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Barely days after Apple filed lawsuits against Qualcomm the latter has responded by filing fresh infringement cases.

Qualcomm has asked the ITC to ban the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X given that the devices infringe on a few of the chipmaker's patents. The new suit filing (PDF) from Qualcomm aims to ban iPhone X and iPhone 8 models in the US. Qualcomm's share price has declined sharply since hostilities first broke out with Apple, one of its largest customers, in January. While the technology was originally developed by Palm, Qualcomm purchased the company's patent portfolio in 2014.

From the looks of it, the Apple vs. Qualcomm legal quarrel is already very dark and full of perils. 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. Many of these patents cover technology that helps to improve battery life, but there are others that focus on additional technology.

Apple and Qualcomm's feud appears to be escalating further, as a new report by Reuters indicates Apple is suing the chip manufacturer over patent violation with Snapdragon processors. Apple cam eout and filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm making similar accusations and continued with those claims as it attacked Qualcomm all over the globe. In response, Qualcomm is hitting Apple with another lawsuit that specifically applies to iPhones that can be obtained from AT&T and T-Mobile. Almost a year ago, Apple filed a $1 billion suit against Qualcomm and proceeded to cut off royalty payments while encouraging its suppliers to do the same.

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As expected, Qualcomm wants to obtain an injunction against infringing devices - preventing Apple from selling them - as well as damages.

Prior to this development, on November 29th, Apple sued Qualcomm over Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors.

All the while, Apple has reportedly been building iPhone prototypes which eradicate usage of Qualcomm technologies altogether.

The iPhone maker added that it began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm started seeking the "patents it asserts against Apple in this case". The total number of iPhones sold during the given period was much higher considering Rosenblatt's numbers don't include the iPhone 8 series and the iPhone 7 series.