Qualcomm Expands Apple Feud With 3 More Patent Suits

Gwen Vasquez
December 1, 2017

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. "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.

In a new filing in the U.S. District Court in San Diego, Apple alleges at least eight of its patents related to battery life were infringed.

In better news for Apple, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says the iPhone X will lead to a longer "super cycle" and the company "may be increasingly well positioned to experience a strong multi-year iPhone trajectory".

Apple has denied the claims that it violated Qualcomm's battery life patents and alleged that Qualcomm's patents were invalid, a common move in such cases.

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As per a report on Reuters, Apple Inc. 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. Google and Samsung are not mentioned in Apple's counterclaims.

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

The chipmaker on Thursday filed a request with the US International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of certain iPhones that use Intel's modem.

The legal bickering between Apple and Qualcomm shows no signs of backing down. Readers should not consider statements made by the author as formal recommendations and should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions.

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