Apple claims Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors use their patented technology

Apple claims Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors use their patented technology

The legal bickering between Apple and Qualcomm shows no signs of backing down.

"Apple began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case", Apple said in its complaint.

According to Apple, Qualcomm is using a patented technology that allows the chips to use less power and retain better battery life. Qualcomm has stated that Apple violated six of its own patents which also have to do with battery life, and is trying to get the iPhone banned as a result of these infringements. It said in that complaint that "Apple's iPhone is the reason consumers fell in love with smartphones and this continues to push Apple to create and innovate with new products and technologies, such as iPhone X Face ID".

As per a report on Reuters, Apple Inc.

Specifically, Apple says that Qualcomm's now-dated Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors - used in a number of Android phones from the likes of Google and Samsung - infringe on these patents, but Qualcomm is the only firm named in the countersuit. Qualcomm is alleged to be infringing on eight battery life patents.

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The patents the Cupertino tech giant is alleging were infringed are focused on the phone processor using only the minimum power needed, turning off parts of the processor when not in use and facilitating the processor's sleep and wake functions.

Apple has once again sued the world's largest mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm.

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.

This is of course a countersuit, dating back to a lawsuit Qualcomm filed against Apple on exactly the same grounds.

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.

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