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Apple and Qualcomm at it again, chip maker sued for patent infringement

Apple and Qualcomm at it again, chip maker sued for patent infringement

Companies like Apple have this routine of filing and receiving technology patents but that is only there is to it.

Apple filed a new countersuit against Qualcomm, targeting the Snapdragon chips that power some of the most important iPhone rivals out there. 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.

This only the latest part in the drama between the two, as originally Apple sued Qualcomm for $1 billion in January for not paying certain royalties.

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.

Qualcomm said on Thursday it filed three new patent infringement complaints against Apple, saying there were 16 more of its patents that Apple was using in its iPhones.

The lawsuit was filed at U.S. District Court in San Diego, CA, where also Qualcomm's headquarters are located.

Apple declined to comment on the new cases, referring to its earlier claims in its Wednesday filing that the company has developed its own technology and patents to power its iPhones.

In January, Apple sued Qualcomm for almost US$1 billion in patent royalty rebates that Qualcomm allegedly withheld from Apple.

The company's request to the International Trade Commission could get iPhones like the ones with Intel chips blocked from being sold in the U.S. In a statement to the ITC, Apple said it wouldn't raise iPhone prices because of lower supply and high demand. In a connected case, Qualcomm charged the contract manufacturers that create Apple's devices, however Apple associated with the team to defend them.