Qualcomm files new patent complaints against Apple

Qualcomm files new patent complaints against Apple

Qualcomm files new patent complaints against Apple

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.

In a new patent infringement claim, Apple is saying that Qualcomm is using its patented technology in the Snapdragon processors.

"Apple began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case", Apple said in its complaint.

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Earlier this year, Qualcomm accused Apple of infringing several patents related to enabling "high performance in a smartphone while extending battery life", and is attempting to get iPhones banned in the U.S. as a result.

Apple said it is seeking unspecified damages from San Diego-based Qualcomm. It's all very complicated, but this is common practice in the courts; deny a claim and then put forward a paper trail which proves there was no basis for the claim in the first place. Apple's patents cover technologies that help a processor draw as little power as possible and allow a processor to quickly and efficiently increase and decrease power usage.

Specifically, Apple says that Qualcomm's now-dated Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors - used in a number of Android phones from the likes of Google and Samsung - infringe on these patents, but Qualcomm is the only firm named in the countersuit. (NASDAQ: INTC), a move that led Qualcomm to file a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to ban importing iPhones using the Intel chips due to the alleged patent infringements. Google and Samsung are not mentioned in Apple's counterclaims. The company alleges it owns minimum 8 battery life patents that Qualcomm has breached. In a related suit, Qualcomm sued the contract manufacturers that make Apple's phones, but Apple joined in to defend them.

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