Qualcomm has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban iPhone 8 and iPhone X imports.
(CCM) — Chip-maker Qualcomm has launched a new salvo in its ongoing patent battle with Apple by seeking to get some iPhone 8 and iPhone X handsets banned from the U.S., according to a report in the San Diego Tribune.
Qualcomm has filed three patent infringement lawsuits, alleging that Apple is infringing on 16 of its patents which relate to bandwidth boosting technology used by Apple's phones, power saving systems, and ways to enhance photos from dual rear-facing cameras. It has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar iPhone X and iPhone 8 handsets offered by AT&T and T-Mobile, and which use microchips made by Intel, from the country. The versions of these handsets offered by Verizon and Spring use Qualcomm chips and are not included in the legal action.
The ban request is the latest twist in a legal saga that started in July 2017 when Qualcomm sued Apple alleging that it was infringing on six patents. Earlier this week Apple launched a counter-suit against Qualcomm, alleging that Qualcomm was infringing on eight power-management patents belonging to Apple.
The ITC often takes 12 to 16 months to make a decision on whether to ban imports, according to the report, so sales of Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X handsets are unlikely to be affected in the short term.
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