Qualcomm Expands Apple Feud With 3 More Patent Suits

Qualcomm Expands Apple Feud With 3 More Patent Suits

The other two cases are civil patent infringement lawsuits.

In the latest installment of the saga, Apple has filed a countersuit against Qualcomm claiming the Snapdragon mobile phone chips infringe on Apple's patents, according to Reuters. Apple denied it infringed on Qualcomm's copyrighted materials.

In better news for Apple, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says the iPhone X will lead to a longer "super cycle" and the company "may be increasingly well positioned to experience a strong multi-year iPhone trajectory". But this week, it's updating those claims to include the iPhone X, which wasn't out when the legal battle first began. 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.

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In its filing, Apple alleges that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, which power phones from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Alphabet Inc's Google's Pixel phones, infringe on those patents. Apple initially rejected Qualcomm's claims, saying that the company's patents were invalid, but now Apple has filed a countersuit claiming that some of Qualcomm's chips violate at least eight of Apple's own battery life patents. The company alleges it owns minimum 8 battery life patents that Qualcomm has breached.

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

The chipmaker on Thursday filed a request with the US International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of certain iPhones that use Intel's modem. Samsung and Google are not named in Apple's counterclaims. In a connected case, Qualcomm charged the contract manufacturers that create Apple's devices, however Apple associated with the team to defend them.

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