Apple accuses Qualcomm of acting as a 'common patent troll'

Apple accuses Qualcomm of acting as a 'common patent troll'

Apple accuses Qualcomm of overcharging for its intellectual property and of anti-competitive behaviour. This time Apple is suing Qualcomm for patent infringement.

Qualcomm in July accused Apple of infringing several patents related to helping mobile phones get better battery life. Apple alleges it owns at least eight battery life patents that Qualcomm has violated. It's all very complicated, but this is common practice in the courts; deny a claim and then put forward a paper trail which proves there was no basis for the claim in the first place.

Reuters reports that the patents relate to power efficiency measures.

The patents reportedly cover technologies that help a processor draw as little power as necessary and make a phone go to sleep and wake up faster. We're going to try and give as much detail about the wider battle as possible now, but because there are so many fights going on at once, you'll have to forgive us if we miss one.

"Apple began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case", the company wrote in its complaint. Samsung and Google are not named in Apple's counterclaims.

The new claims are a late counterstrike to patent infringement claims that Qualcomm made over the summer. That same month, Apple's contract manufacturers joined its countersuit against Qualcomm saying the lawsuit against them is "yet another chapter of Qualcomm's anticompetitive scheme to dominate modem chip markets, extract supracompetitive royalties, and break its commitments to license its cellular technology on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms".

Other lawsuits are pending over patent royalties while Qualcomm also complained to the US International Trade Commission that iPhones imported into the country with Intel chips inside infringe on its rights.



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