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Apple countersues Qualcomm alleging battery patent infringement

01 December 2017

Apple filed a countersuit against Qualcomm in the Southern District Court of California today for allegedly infringing eight power-efficiency patents. As you might have guessed, it's once again another patent dispute where Apple thinks Qualcomm is breaking the law.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm accused Apple of infringing several patents related to enabling "high performance in a smartphone while extending battery life", and is attempting to get iPhones banned in the United States as a result. Apple is seeking unspecified damages. It's all very complicated, but this is common practice in the courts; deny a claim and then put forward a paper trail which proves there was no basis for the claim in the first place.

The patents of Apple involve confirming each part of a device's processor draws just the minimum power required, turning off processor parts when they are not required and making wake and sleep functions work better.

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Apple claims in its suit that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors - used in Samsung and Google phones - infringe Apple's patents.

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Apple countersues Qualcomm alleging battery patent infringement