The battle in the courtroom continues, as it is now Apple’s turn to file a suit against Qualcomm for infringing patents. The alleged infringement is centered on power management technology found on older Snapdragon chips; and doesn’t go near more recent products.
Apple insists that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and 820 mobile platforms used power management chips based on its patents without paying the due royalties. The patent itself is for a low-power mode where the chip will turn off unneeded cores to save energy.
This latest lawsuit is one in a long line of suits filed by both sides to each other. It started earlier this year when Apple decided that they do not want to pay Qualcomm to license its patents. It then escalated to a petition from Qualcomm to ban iPhone sales in the US.
Qualcomm seems to be in a pinch, especially as it is also facing a lawsuit from the FTC for anti-monopoly charges. The company looks to be heading into a rocky 2018, from the looks of it.
(Source: Reuters )