Apple countersues Qualcomm alleging battery patent infringement

Apple countersues Qualcomm alleging battery patent infringement

The legal bickering between Apple and Qualcomm shows no signs of backing down. Now, Apple is firing back with a countersuit of its own, and it goes right after Qualcomm's bread-and-butter: the Snapdragon product family.

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

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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 USA as a result. Now, during Thanksgiving, this might have been confirmed after the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple relating to a possible foldable iPhone model. Apple made the obvious reply, denying the allegations and alleging that Qualcomm's patents were invalid anyway.

The patents describe technologies that allow a certain part of a phone's processor to only draw the minimum power needed and turn off when it's not needed.

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Bloomberg reported today that the European Union - one of the several fronts in the war between Apple and Qualcomm - is considering a set of guidelines that would govern how companies should determine fees and how they could avoid protracted battles over the value of patents.

While the royalty fight works its way through the courts, Apple is not making payments to Qualcomm, and Apple has told its suppliers - particularly Foxconn - to withhold payment to Qualcomm as well.

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Qualcomm filed its patent infringement lawsuit at the same time it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to ban the import of Apple iPhones that use competing Intel Corp chips because of the alleged patent violations. Samsung and Google are not named in Apple's counterclaims.

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