Apple countersues Qualcomm, alleges Snapdragon chips infringe on its patents

Apple countersues Qualcomm, alleges Snapdragon chips infringe on its patents

In the latest chapter of the topsy-turvy lengthy legal battle between the two tech giants, Apple countersued Qualcomm, alleging the latter's Snapdragon mobile phone chips infringed on Apple's patents, according to Reuters.

The obvious solution to the spat over battery life patents is for Apple and Qualcomm to cross-license each other's patents, but with emotions still running high no such outcome is likely soon.

But on Thursday, in a filing in U.S. District Court in San Diego, Apple revised its answer to Qualcomm's complaint with accusations of its own.

"Apple's patents are critical to what consumers value in a handset - cutting-edge functionality with superior battery life", said the company in the lawsuit.


Qualcomm filed a lawsuit against Apple in July, claiming that some of Apple's devices illegally use patent related to extended battery life that are owned by Qualcomm. Samsung and Google are not named in Apple's counterclaims.

Specifically, Apple alleges that its patents are breached on Snapdragon 800 and 820 chips.

The irony about this countersuit is that Qualcomm claims that Apple "chose not to utilize the full performance of Qualcomm's modem chips in its iPhone 7", and "misrepresented the performance disparity between iPhones using Qualcomm modems and those using competitor-supplied modems".

Separately, Qualcomm is facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over numerous same pricing practices Apple names in its complaints.

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