Apple Files Countersuit Against Qualcomm For Patent Violation

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In July, Qualcomm pitched to the courts its particular concerns about some of the battery tech Apple was using in its iPhones and iPads. Two of those were related to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, which powered Samsung phones and Google Pixel phones. In January, Apple sued Qualcomm asking for $1 billion in patent royalty rebates that were allegedly withheld from Apple.

Apple is seeking monetary damages, but the exact amount has not yet been disclosed.

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Qualcomm also claimed that Apple gave Intel access to key information about its technologies. If Qualcomm were to win, a victory might cause the company to take further action against Apple with other agencies around the world - which we have already seen a similar call for iPhone X bans in China. Apple denied the claims, but then today amended its response with the countersuit, saying that the iPhone maker owns eight battery life patents of its own that Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip infringes on.

This is of course just the latest skirmish in a larger legal battle between the two, which doesn't look like it is going to end any time soon. Now, Apple is firing back with a countersuit of its own, and it goes right after Qualcomm's bread-and-butter: the Snapdragon product family.

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday published an Apple patent, specifically covering the technical details surrounding "position-based communication between the Apple Pencil and iPhone".

"Apple began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case". But support for use of an Apple Pencil on a future iPhone does, to me, seem more likely than not - even if the primary use is annotation rather than drawing or writing.

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