Apple accuses Qualcomm of patent infringement in countersuit

Angelica Greene
December 2, 2017

The ever-growing and wide-ranging legal battle between the tech giant and Snapdragon chip maker Qualcomm is getting hotter, as the latter filed three new patent infringement lawsuits against the Cupertino giant for violating a total of 16 Qualcomm patents with its most recent iPhones, including the iPhone X. In the latest suit, Apple has accused Qualcomm of violating its patent around the smartphone power management.

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Qualcomm in one case says that Apple is replying on its patented technology to create the iPhone's Portrait Mode effect.

Read Qualcomm's California court filing at RPX Insight.

One of the complaints claims Apple copied the Palm Pre's webOS interface in the iPhone X. The new suit filing (PDF) from Qualcomm aims to ban iPhone X and iPhone 8 models in the US. In response, Qualcomm is hitting Apple with another lawsuit that specifically applies to iPhones that can be obtained from AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Apple and Qualcomm's legal battle continues to escalate. Apple contends that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 820 chips infringe on Apple patents related to supplying power only where it is needed, supplying power only to the level needed and enabling quick powering up and down. Apple seems to have waged war on Qualcomm through the new counter lawsuit following the chipmaker's patent infringement suit as well as a complaint that it filed with the U.S International Trade Commission. The report also added that Apple will ditch Qualcomm and may use modem chips from Intel and MediaTek while designing iPhones and iPads for 2018. Qualcomm is asking the court for an injunction that would prevent Apple from selling the GSM version of the 2017 iPhone models because those do not feature the Qualcomm made modem chip inside. Qualcomm apparently now owns patents covering that interface, as well as other technology first developed at Palm.

"You can't react that quickly to file lawsuits", he explained.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has asked the company's suppliers not to pay Qualcomm any royalties until the two resolve their legal disputes.

The research firm estimates that Apple has sold more than 15 million iPhone X devices since the November 3 launch.

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