Qualcomm seeks ban on sales of Intel-based iPhone X in US
16:05, Friday, 01 December, 2017
Legal filing with ITC is the latest move in a heated patent infringement battle between Apple and its key chip supplier. If Qualcomm has its way, it could get even tougher to buy certain iPhone X models. The chipmaker on Thursday filed a request with the US International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of certain iPhones that use Intel's modem. Those would include the iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7 and 7 Plus that run on AT&T and T-Mobile. The phones that run on networks from Verizon and Sprint use Qualcomm's modem and wouldn't be included in the ban. "Apple can import iPhones (regardless of who supplies the modems) that do not infringe the patents asserted in this action, but Apple has no inherent right to infringe Qualcomm's [non-standards essential patents] through the sale of its iPhones," Qualcomm said in its filing. "Preventing such infringement, and thereby rewarding innovation, is the very purpose for which the patent system was designed.