The Apple-Qualcomm patent feud expands to the Snapdragon processor

The Apple-Qualcomm patent feud expands to the Snapdragon processor

On November 29, Apple filed a suit against Qualcomm alleging that Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips infringed on Apple patents. For as per the latest on this, Qualcomm has accused Apple of infringing on three more of its patents, bringing the total number of patent infringements claims against the iPhone maker at 16.

In its filing, Apple alleges that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, which power phones from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Alphabet Inc's Google's Pixel phones, infringe on those patents.

Both the giants are locking horns with each other by suing in back to back lawsuits, and Apple has completely declined to comment on the issue. The company is seeking unspecified damages from the U.S. District Court in San Diego.

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

Qualcomm filed its request to make buying an iPhone X more hard on Thursday, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban all imports of versions of the device that had Intel modems.

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The patents in question primarily relate to technology used to improve battery life, but spans across multiple areas of smartphone technology that is allegedly utilized within the iPhone line. "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".

Apple and Qualcomm's legal battle continues to escalate.

Qualcomm in one case says that Apple is replying on its patented technology to create the iPhone's Portrait Mode effect. In that suit, Apple said Qualcomm's behavior was akin to "a common patent troll".

The first complaint accused Apple of infringing United States patent numbers 8,683,362; 8,497,928; 7,844,037; and 9,203,940, relating to a range of technologies including those which allow multiple apps to run at once, camera focusing techniques and methods of responding to incoming calls and texts. Over the four-day shopping period, buyers purchased about 6 million iPhone X units. 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. The complaint was particularly limited to devices using Intel modems instead of those built by Qualcomm and its sub-contractors.

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