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Apple and Qualcomm become best pals... lol jk the sueballs keep flying

01 December 2017

In one case, Qualcomm says Apple is relying on its patented technology to create the iPhone's Portrait Mode effect.

In the latest installment of the saga, Apple has filed a countersuit against Qualcomm claiming the Snapdragon mobile phone chips infringe on Apple's patents, according to Reuters. Now, during Thanksgiving, this might have been confirmed after the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple relating to a possible foldable iPhone model.

The patents describe technologies that allow a certain part of a phone's processor to only draw the minimum power needed and turn off when it's not needed.

The lawsuit was filed at U.S. District Court in San Diego, CA, where also Qualcomm's headquarters are located. In its filing, Apple alleges that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, which power phones from Samsung and Google's Pixel phones, infringe on those patents. (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.

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These new claims are the latest strike Apple is bringing against Qualcomm after made patent infringement claims over the summer against the iPhone maker.

Apple's countersuit comes just weeks after Qualcomm accused Apple of sharing proprietary code with Intel.

While the royalty fight works its way through the courts, Apple is not making payments to Qualcomm, and Apple has told its suppliers - particularly Foxconn - to withhold payment to Qualcomm as well.

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm continues to heat up. In a related suit, Qualcomm sued the contract manufacturers that make Apple's phones, but Apple joined in to defend them.

Apple and Qualcomm become best pals... lol jk the sueballs keep flying