Apple hits Qualcomm with countersuit for infringing on battery patents

Apple hits Qualcomm with countersuit for infringing on battery patents

Unless the two settle their differences out of court, it may take years until we hear final verdicts in these patent lawsuits - and these trials are bound to become even more complicated. Qualcomm filed a suit of its own the same day.

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. Now, during Thanksgiving, this might have been confirmed after the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple relating to a possible foldable iPhone model. Apple started seeking those patents several years before Qualcomm started seeking the patents it claims against Apple in this litigation.

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.

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.

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Qualcomm filed its patent infringement lawsuit at the same time it filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission seeking to ban the import of Apple iPhones that use competing Intel chips because of the alleged patent violations.

In January, Apple charged Qualcomm for patent royalty rebates of around $1 billion that latter purportedly withheld from Apple.

The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm over patents is part of a wide-ranging legal war between the two companies. Samsung and Google have not been named in the counterclaims. In a related suit, Qualcomm sued the contract manufacturers that make Apple's phones, but Apple joined in to defend them.

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