Qualcomm Inc. filed three patent lawsuits against Apple Inc.in California federal court Wednesday, opening fresh battles in a legal war with allegations that the rival company has violated 16 patents covering technology ranging from camera phones to touchscreen displays. 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.
The report explains that Apple has already patented a technology that ensures each part of the phone's processor consumes minimum power, to essentially offer improved battery management.
Qualcomm and Apple's tit for tat legal battle continues yet again this week with a series of new filings from Qualcomm, one of which seeks to ban some iPhone X sales in the US. The company now owns patents covering that particular interface, as well as other technologies that were first developed at Palm.
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Apple has accused supplier Qualcomm of behaving like a "common patent troll", as the iPhone maker responds to the mobile chip designer with another round of litigation. The rhetoric has been strong too, in this complaint, Qualcomm says that Apple's products "would lose much of their consumer appeal" without Qualcomm technologies. Qualcomm is asking the court for an injunction that would prevent Apple from selling the GSM version of the 2017 iPhone models because those do not feature the Qualcomm made modem chip inside.
"You can't react that quickly to file lawsuits", said Rosenberg. The complaint was particularly limited to devices using Intel modems instead of those built by Qualcomm and its sub-contractors.
Apple declined to comment beyond the filing. 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.
The first complaint accused Apple of infringing U.S. patent numbers 8,683,362; 8,497,928; 7,844,037; and 9,203,940, relating to a range of technologies including those which allow multiple apps to run at once, camera focusing techniques and methods of responding to incoming calls and texts.