The Apple iPhone X is arguably the hottest smartphone of 2017, with the futuristic device first launchig around the world a month ago.
It marks the biggest design change since the original iPhone was launched 10 years ago by Steve Jobs.
The iPhone X boasts a stunning Super Retina display that takes up almost the entire front of the device and has a hugely advanced front facing camera.
It’s been flying off the shelves since it launched, but it’s now the subject of a lawsuit in the US which could ban some sales of the device.
Qualcomm has filed three new lawsuits that claim Apple is infringing 16 of their patents with the iPhone 7, 8 and X as well as the Plus models.
Many of these patents cover tech that helps boost battery life, while in one case it refers to technology that powers the iPhone’s new Portrait Mode.
The lawsuits are asking the courts to stop Apple from using these technologies and also for unspecified payments.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune (via The Verge), Qualcomm is also going further in one claim with the US International Trade Commission.
They are reportedly asking for imports of iPhone Xs that use modems from Intel to be banned.
If this claim is successful, it would prevent the iPhone X from being sold on AT&T and T-Mobile.
The filings from Qualcomm were issued on Wednesday not long after Apple filed their own patent infringement lawsuit against Qualcomm.
Apple claimed Qualcomm was infringing eight battery life patents with their processors, in particular the Snapdragon 800 and the Snapdragon 820.
These are not Qualcomm’s most recent processors, but were part of the flagship line that powered high-end phones as recently as last year.
The Apple patents ensure each part of a phone’s processor draws only the minimum power needed.
It also turns off parts of the processor when they are not needed and makes sleep and wake functions work better.
The Snapdragon 820 powered the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, while the Google Pixel got an upgraded version called the Snapdragon 821.
Samsung and Google are not named in Apple’s counterclaims.
Apple said it is seeking unspecified damages from the San Diego-based Qualcomm.
The countersuit from Apple came after Qualcomm in July accused the Cupertino-based tech giant of infringing several patents related to battery life.
In its recent filing, Apple said: “Apple began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case.”
The legal dispute…