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Apple claims Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors use their patented technology

Apple claims Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors use their patented technology

In that suit, Apple said Qualcomm's behavior was akin to "a common patent troll".

United States chipmaker Qualcomm filed three new patent infringement complaints against Apple, marking yet another development in a wide-ranging legal war between the two companies.

(NASDAQ:QCOM) charging that Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile device chips that support different Android-based phones breach on Apple's patents, the latest advancement in a long-running dispute.

The Apple law suit comes after Qualcomm sued it last July for using elements of its battery life patents. It said in that complaint that "Apple's iPhone is the reason consumers fell in love with smartphones and this continues to push Apple to create and innovate with new products and technologies, such as iPhone X Face ID". Apple initially rejected Qualcomm's claims, saying that the company's patents were invalid, but now Apple has filed a countersuit claiming that some of Qualcomm's chips violate at least eight of Apple's own battery life patents.

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Bloomberg reported today that the European Union - one of the several fronts in the war between Apple and Qualcomm - is considering a set of guidelines that would govern how companies should determine fees and how they could avoid protracted battles over the value of patents. Apple says that this sleep and wake function is used in Snapdragon 800 and 820 chipsets released in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

While the royalty fight works its way through the courts, Apple is not making payments to Qualcomm, and Apple has told its suppliers - particularly Foxconn - to withhold payment to Qualcomm as well.

Apple declined to comment on the new cases, referring to its earlier claims in its Wednesday filing that the company has developed its own technology and patents to power its iPhones.


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