Apple hits Qualcomm with countersuit for infringing on battery patents

Apple hits Qualcomm with countersuit for infringing on battery patents

The latest law suit accuses Qualcomm of infringing several Apple battery life patents. 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.

Earlier in July, Qualcomm accused Apple of infringing numerous patents linked to helping mobile devices get improved battery life.

Apple, of course, said it did no such thing and labelled the patents invalid anyway.

As per a report on Reuters, Apple Inc. Apple has refuted the assertions that it breached battery life patents of Qualcomm and charged that Qualcomm's patents were worthless, a common step in such instances.

Qualcomm said on Thursday it filed three new patent infringement complaints against Apple, saying there were 16 more of its patents that Apple was using in its iPhones. Samsung and Google have not been named in the counterclaims.

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

Qualcomm also filed its complaint with the U.S International Trade Commission and wants to ban import and sales of certain iPhones - namely, those with Intel chips.

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.

The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm over patents is part of a wide-ranging legal war between the two companies. 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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