The Apple-Qualcomm patent feud expands to the Snapdragon processor


We just learned that Apple has accused Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips of violating several of Apple power-related patents, a lawsuit that may have adverse implications for Android device makers, and we already have a serious response from the US-based chipmaker.

Apple claims it began seeking those patents a long time before Qualcomm, and alleges that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors infringe upon these patents.

The chipmaker in its new patent infringement claims that many of Apple's smartphones ranging from the iPhone 7 to iPhone X have infringed upon 16 of its patents related to bandwidth technology, carrier aggregation, memory designs, power saving methods, phone's actual interfaces, photo editing, technology from dual-camera setups, and even camera autofocus.

Qualcomm has filed a new lawsuit in the US District Court inn the Southern District of California. the company is alleging that Apple has infringed on five Qualcomm patents. The report further notes that Apple is suing the world's largest chipset manufacturer for an unspecified amount.

Generally whenever Apple announces a new iPhone it also announces a new System-on-a-Chip, and this year was no different. In other words, the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are the phones that Qualcomm wants the court to ban.

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Qualcomm has remained defiant, challenging Apple on alleged patent violations. While the technology was originally developed by Palm, Qualcomm purchased the company's patent portfolio in 2014. It seeks the same action of banning iPhones having Intel chips.

There are more lawsuits filed by Apple and Qualcomm against each other in the dispute over patents. The Cupertino company said its patents in question ensure that the processor uses only minimal power and turns off the parts that are not needed to save battery.

Qualcomm General Counsel Don Rosenberg said the timing of Qualcomm's lawsuits is coincidental to Apple's countersuit.

All the while, Apple has reportedly been building iPhone prototypes which eradicate usage of Qualcomm technologies altogether.

According to Rosenblatt Securities analysts, the iPhone X sold in record numbers during the Black Friday shopping weekend. The complaint was particularly limited to devices using Intel modems instead of those built by Qualcomm and its sub-contractors.