Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Apple claims Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors use their patented technology

Apple claims Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors use their patented technology

APPLE HAS FIRED a countersuit in the direction of chipmaker Qualcomm, alleging the firm's Snapdragon chips infringe on eight of its battery patents. "To provide this powerful functionality in such a small and lightweight device while making battery life useful, Apple relied on its hardware and software innovations to minimize power consumption".

These new claims are the latest strike Apple is bringing against Qualcomm after made patent infringement claims over the summer against the iPhone maker. This time around though, its Apple firing the shots, with the company accusing Qualcomm of infringing on its patents.

The specific processors in question are Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors.

(NASDAQ: INTC), a move that led Qualcomm to file a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to ban importing iPhones using the Intel chips due to the alleged patent infringements.

The Commission should make no mistake: Qualcomm's Complaint attempts to accomplish something quite different from the ordinary vindication of patent rights.

Apple claims in its suit that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors - used in Samsung and Google phones - infringe Apple's patents. Numerous patents cover technology that improves battery life, but others focus on additional smartphone tech. Apple denied it infringed on Qualcomm's copyrighted materials. This case between Qualcomm and Apple over patents is part of an extended legal war between the two firms.

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