Qualcomm deepens Apple battle with new round of lawsuits


Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models with Qualcomm modems also had faster LTE download speeds than their Intel counterparts previous year.

Qualcomm has filed three new patent infringment claims against Apple in US District Court, bringing the total to 16.

Qualcomm in November sued Apple over an alleged breach of a software agreement between the two companies. Apple has also been reported to start designing mobile devices that will allow it to get rid of Qualcomm LTE chips indefinitely, hence inciting more backlash from the latter.

"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."
Apple's countersuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, claims that Qualcomm is wrongly using some of Apple's battery life technologies. However, Qualcomm still believes that the dispute could be resolved outside the courts. "The weak patents Qualcomm asserts here for the first time appear to be a blatant effort to take credit for the innovation of others". In addition to this, Qualcomm is challenging Apple's patent usage at the International Trade Commission (ITC).

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Most of Apple's models, starting from the iPhone 4s to the iPhone 6s, all employ Qualcomm modems inside them. In these instances, the Qualcomm modem experienced 67 percent faster download speeds on average compared to the Intel modem.

The patent drama between Qualcomm and Apple is ever-changing it seems.

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". In the meantime, processor rival Broadcom last month launched an unsolicited attempt to acquire Qualcomm.