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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 provided the three filings to The Register and said they pertain to "a total of 16 additional patents that Apple is now using in its iPhones". 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.

What could be even more devastating for Apple is that Qualcomm is also seeking a ban on the import of any iPhone devices that come with Intel chips.

The ongoing battle between Apple and Qualcomm started earlier this year after the Federal Trade Commission accused Qualcomm of anti-competitive behavior, which prompted Apple to file a lawsuit claiming Qualcomm had been overcharging for use of its patents.

With this in mind it could take weeks before an investigation begins and months for action on the complaint.

Qualcomm also filed a second complaint, and this one has a total of six patents having to do with tech ranging from machine learning to power management.

The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm has deepened, with the latter company firing off three new lawsuits claiming infringement of its patents.


Why are Apple's chips faster than Qualcomm's? The patents in question relate to technologies that regulate power usage by turning off parts of the processor when they are not in use. Back in January, Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the chip designer for abusing its taking undue advantage of its market dominance.

The company had already filed similar series of claims in July, asking for payments and seeking a ban.

The first complaint accused Apple of infringing USA patent numbers 8,683,362; 8,497,928; 7,844,037; and 9,203,940, relating to a range of technologies including those which allow multiple apps to run at once, camera focusing techniques and methods of responding to incoming calls and texts.

The counterclaim which was presented by Apple claims that the Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors from Qualcomm.

"All of these Palm inventions-owned by Qualcomm-have vastly improved the functionality of mobile devices and the user experience, and all of them are widely found in Apple products without license or permission", the firm argues.

The Register has sought comment from Apple. Over the four-day shopping period, buyers purchased about 6 million iPhone X units. Carriers that sell the iPhone X with a modem provided by Qualcomm-available through Verizon, Sprint and sold as an unlocked device-would still be available.


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