Apple Files Countersuit Against Qualcomm For Patent Violation


As expected, Qualcomm wants to obtain an injunction against infringing devices - preventing Apple from selling them - as well as damages.

These new claims are the latest strike Apple is bringing against Qualcomm after made patent infringement claims over the summer against the iPhone maker.

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According to Reuters, Apple is now filing a counter lawsuit against Qualcomm with the claim that the chip-manufacturer infringed on eight different battery patents that it owns. In its filing, Apple alleges that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, which power phones from Samsung and Google's Pixel phones, infringe on those patents.

Want more posts like this delivered to your inbox? In one case, Qualcomm says Apple is relying on its patented technology to create the iPhone's Portrait Mode effect.

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In January, Apple sued Qualcomm for almost $1 billion in patent royalty rebates that Qualcomm allegedly withheld from Apple.

The countersuit is in response to Qualcomm's patent infringement suit filed in July related to six of its own patents, some of which also had to do with battery life. That didn't sit right with Intel, since none of the patents were related to cellular technology, so it looked an very bad lot like Qualcomm was trying to use unrelated patents to preclude a baseband modem competitor.

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Apple's countersuit comes just weeks after Qualcomm accused Apple of sharing proprietary code with Intel. Too bad that doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon, and Apple appears to be accelerating its shift toward Intel modems. Apple does not use those processors but has used Qualcomm modem chips that connect its iPhones and iPads to the internet. The Cupertino company said its patents in question ensure that the processor uses only minimal power and turns off the parts that are not needed to save battery. The newly launched iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X all use Apple's in-house ...