As per a report on Reuters, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) marked a countersuit against QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) charging that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile device chips that support different Android-based phones breach on Apple’s patents, the latest advancement in a long-running dispute.
Earlier in July, Qualcomm accused Apple of infringing numerous patents linked to helping mobile devices get improved battery life. 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. More recently, Apple reviewed its answer to Qualcomm’s grievance with accusations of its own. The company alleges it owns minimum 8 battery life patents that Qualcomm has breached.
The patents of Apple involve confirming each part of a device’s processor draws just the minimum power required, turning off processor parts when they are not required and making wake and sleep functions work better.
In its submission, Apple charges that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 and 800 processors, which power devices from Samsung and Google’s Pixel phones, breach on those patents. Google and Samsung are not mentioned in Apple’s counterclaims. Apple started seeking those patents several years before Qualcomm started seeking the patents it claims against Apple in this litigation. Apple reported that it is looking for unspecified damages from Qualcomm.
The latter filed its patent breach case at the same time it submitted a complaint with the International Trade Commission asking to stop the import of Apple iPhones that have Intel Corp chips due to the alleged patent violations. This case between Qualcomm and Apple over patents is part of an extended legal war between the two firms.
In January, Apple charged Qualcomm for patent royalty rebates of around $1 billion that latter purportedly withheld from Apple. In a connected case, Qualcomm charged the contract manufacturers that create Apple’s devices, however Apple associated with the team to defend them.