Apple accuses Qualcomm of patent infringement in countersuit

How the tables have turned for Qualcomm.

In the latest chapter of the topsy-turvy lengthy legal battle between the two tech giants, Apple countersued Qualcomm, alleging the latter’s Snapdragon mobile phone chips infringed on Apple’s patents, according to Reuters.

In a new filing in the U.S. District Court in San Diego, Apple alleges at least eight of its patents related to battery life were infringed. Two of those were related to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, which powered Samsung phones and Google Pixel phones.

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The patents the Cupertino tech giant is alleging were infringed are focused on the phone processor using only the minimum power needed, turning off parts of the processor when not in use and facilitating the processor’s sleep and wake functions.

Patent infringement has been Qualcomm’s main offensive tactic in the courtroom fight. 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. Apple denied it infringed on Qualcomm’s copyrighted materials.

Apple is seeking unspecified damages from the copyright infringement, escalating its demands from Qualcomm. In January, Apple started the spat over Qualcomm’s royalty payment system for every iPhone sold. Qualcomm managed to take a slice of Apple’s revenues for every iPhone sold — as high as $25, according to Bloomberg — because Apple needed Qualcomm’s state-of-the-art modems to receive wireless data. Apple cut off payments to Qualcomm in April.

Meanwhile, Apple is further trying to separate itself from Qualcomm’s technology, widely used in mobile phones. Apple in October mulled over having its future iPhone and iPad models run without Qualcomm modems and rely on those made from Intel and MediaTek, a Taiwanese semiconductor company.

Photo: Guests attend the grand opening of Apple’s Chicago flagship store along Michigan Avenue on Oct. 20, 2017 in downtown Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)


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  • Grouchy Oldman

    This is laughable: poor liddle Apple suffering the arrogance of Qualcomm demanding the payment specified in signed contracts with Apple suppliers! Everyone knows that Apple runs with the cool kids and must receive tribute from any firm lucky enough to be allowed to contribute to their noble cause. Truely Tim Crook “Thinks Different!”

  • Sawabyar King

    Why did apple miss the thing about rectangular chips. I mean if QUALCOMM makes rect chips then for sure its infringing on apple patents… right?