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

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

The battle between the two tech heavyweights rose another notch with Apple filing a countersuit against Qualcomm, alleging that the chip maker is using some of its technology in its line of processors that power rival smartphones.

These lawsuits allege that Apple is infringing 16 Qualcomm patents with the iPhone 7, 8, and X that run on AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States, as well as the bigger-screened Plus models. The iPhone manufacturer took another jab on Wednesday when it filed the new lawsuit claiming that Qualcomm violated at least 8 Apple patents that relate to battery life.

It seems that Qualcomm's legal team was taking note, they cited that line in a complaint alleging that Apple ripped off Palm's patented interface. As per the claims, the company is violating eight or more patents related to power management.

Qualcomm in one case says that Apple is replying on its patented technology to create the iPhone's Portrait Mode effect.

Qualcomm also filed its complaint with the U.S International Trade Commission and wants to ban import and sales of certain iPhones - namely, those with Intel chips.




"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 argued in its lawsuit. Even though Intel modems are slightly inferior to their Qualcomm counterparts, Apple has been using Intel chips in some of its iPhones to diversify its supplier base.

In addition to this, Qualcomm makes a point about the iPhone X's multitasking interface and how it's similar to the interface that webOS use to use.

"You can't react that quickly to file lawsuits", he explained. That was in July, and the ban was sought on some iPad models as well. In that suit, Apple said Qualcomm's behavior was akin to "a common patent troll". As we previously mentioned, Apple is getting a little pissed off and reportedly has been designing the 2018 iPhone models to run without Qualcomm's modem chips.

Qualcomm claims that the new complaints aren't directly related to Apple's legal action. 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.

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