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Apple and Qualcomm at it again, chip maker sued for patent infringement

Apple and Qualcomm at it again, chip maker sued for patent infringement

Apple at the time denied the claims and said that Qualcomm's patents were invalid, saying in a statement: "Qualcomm's illegal business practices are harming Apple and the entire industry".

Qualcomm then countersued Apple in the summer for infringing on its battery saving patents. Apple's patents cover technologies that help a processor draw as little power as possible and allow a processor to quickly and efficiently increase and decrease power usage.

The filings were issued yesterday, shortly after Apple filed its own patent infringement lawsuit against Qualcomm. "All of these Palm inventions - owned by Qualcomm - have vastly improved the functionality of mobile devices and the user experience, and all of them are widely found in Apple products without license or permission", Qualcomm writes in one of its lawsuits. (NASDAQ: INTC), a move that led Qualcomm to file a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to ban importing iPhones using the Intel chips due to the alleged patent infringements.

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm continues to heat up.

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Apple's countersuit comes just weeks after Qualcomm accused Apple of sharing proprietary code with Intel. In a connected case, Qualcomm charged the contract manufacturers that create Apple's devices, however Apple associated with the team to defend them. It's because Qualcomm says Apple isn't paying royalties on technologies that it says it played a key role in developing - like depth-sensing cameras and saving battery power.

Qualcomm in November sued Apple over an alleged breach of a software agreement between the two companies.

Qualcomm is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block Apple from selling its smartphones that don't utilize Qualcomm's chips.


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