Apple fires back at Qualcomm in lawsuit over battery patents

Apple fires back at Qualcomm in lawsuit over battery patents

Three new lawsuits allege that Apple is infringing 16 Qualcomm patents with the iPhone 7, 8, and X, as well as their Plus models.

These lawsuits allege that Apple is infringing 16 Qualcomm patents with the iPhone 7, 8, and X that run on AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., as well as the bigger-screened Plus models.

There are more lawsuits filed by Apple and Qualcomm against each other in the dispute over patents. 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 16 patents in question relate to technologies ranging from RF transceivers and power-saving measures, multi-touch displays and, er, the user interface designed by Palm. "Qualcomm's paid advertising makes wildly inflated claims about its role in the development of the smartphone, but the facts show that it was Apple that put an easy-to-use computer-phone in the palm of people's hands, not Qualcomm". 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. The new patent violation lawsuits further contribute to the long-lasting legal brawl which has seen the two companies battle it out in court, thus ensuring the continuation of their feud.

However, in a statement, general counsel at Qualcomm Don Rosenberg denied that Qualcomm's filings were in response to Apple's counter-claims. 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. Apple cam eout and filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm making similar accusations and continued with those claims as it attacked Qualcomm all over the globe.

Generally whenever Apple announces a new iPhone it also announces a new System-on-a-Chip, and this year was no different.

Qualcomm has breathed fresh life into its ongoing dispute with Apple. That includes the latest iPhone 8 duo as well as the more in demand iPhone X now on offer from AT&T and T-Mobile. Qualcomm alleges that Apple's infringed it since iOS 7 debuted in 2013.

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