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Qualcomm deepens Apple battle with new round of lawsuits

02 December 2017

Apple rarely speaks out on ongoing legal cases.

You could find similar differences in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units from past year, as they, too, had modem chips made by both Qualcomm and Intel.

In the lawsuit filed, Wednesday, with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Qualcomm's complaint claims Apple is in infringement of five patents relating to radio frequency transceivers, power efficiency in mobile CPUs, device power management and image enhancement using depth-based data (3D imagery).

Further, a recent report WSJ suggests that Apple is reportedly designing iPhones and iPads for 2018 that will not feature chips by Qualcomm.

Earlier this week, Apple filed its countersuit against Qualcomm, claiming that the company infringed on Apple's patents with the Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 800 processors.

That case accompanied a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to ban the import of Apple iPhones that use competing Intel Corp chips because of the alleged patent violations.

Qualcomm, however, has another matter to attend to. "The weak patents Qualcomm asserts here for the first time appear to be a blatant effort to take credit for the innovation of others".

As Reuters reports, two of the three lawsuits are civil patent suits, while the third complaint is being combined with Qualcomm's ITC filing.

In one of the more recent lawsuits that Qualcomm filed, the company claimed that Apple gave Intel unprecedented access to proprietary Qualcomm chip technology. Apple stopped paying Qualcomm for patent royalties and instructed its manufacturing partners to do the same which has blown over the legal tussle between the two companies.

In an in-depth look at the conflict between Apple and Qualcomm in October, Bloomberg described the dispute as a "billion-dollar war over an $18 part". For example, the pending arrival of 5G networking capabilities could help boost Qualcomm's licensing revenues, while Qualcomm's effort to acquire Dutch chipmaker NXP could help reduce its dependence on technology royalties.

Qualcomm deepens Apple battle with new round of lawsuits