Apple accuses Qualcomm of patent infringement in countersuit

01 December, 2017, 06:39 | Author: Rolando Keller
  • Apple accuses Qualcomm of patent infringement in countersuit

The legal bickering between Apple and Qualcomm shows no signs of backing down.

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm filed three new patent infringement complaints against Apple, marking yet another development in a wide-ranging legal war between the two companies.

Qualcomm goes further in a claim with the US International Trade Commission, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune, where it asks for imports of iPhone Xs using modems from its rival, Intel, to the banned, which would prevent the device from being sold on AT&T and T-Mobile (that is, unless Apple started buying modems for those phones from Qualcomm). More specifically, Apple believes it owns several battery life patents which Qualcomm has incorporated into the Snapdragon design, which is then being used to power the devices of Apple's competitor's devices.

"Apple's patents are critical to what consumers value in a handset - cutting-edge functionality with superior battery life", said the company in the lawsuit.

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This only the latest part in the drama between the two, as originally Apple sued Qualcomm for $1 billion in January for not paying certain royalties. Two of those were related to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, which powered Samsung phones and Google Pixel phones. Qualcomm sued Apple in July over patent infringement of Apple's new developed modems inside iPhones and sought a ban on importing iPhones built with Intel chips into the United States. Samsung and Google are not named in Apple's counterclaims.

Reuters reports that the feature allows the smartphones' processor to draw the minimum power needed at the time by turning off unnecessary cores.

The lawsuits ask for unspecified payments from Apple for the alleged patent infringement and for the court to make Apple stop using those technologies.

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