Apple filed a new lawsuit against its chip supplier Qualcomm on Wednesday, claiming that the chip maker’s range of chipsets also used in Android smartphones are in violation of Apple’s patents.
The iPhone maker filed the lawsuit as a countersuit considering that Qualcomm had filed a lawsuit in July, accusing Apple of patent infringement on various patents aimed at better battery life for smartphones. The new patent violation lawsuits further contribute to the long-lasting legal brawl which has seen the two companies battle it out in court, thus ensuring the continuation of their feud.
Apple at the time defended its self against Qualcomm’s claim about violating patents relating to battery life by claiming that those patents were invalid. The iPhone manufacturer took another jab on Wednesday when it filed the new lawsuit claiming that Qualcomm violated at least 8 Apple patents that relate to battery life.
The counterclaim which was presented by Apple claims that the Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors from Qualcomm. These are the same processors that are used in the Google Pixel handsets as well as those from rival smartphone manufacturer, Samsung Electronics. However, the two rival manufacturers are not mentioned in the counterclaim, perhaps because Apple’s beef is with the U.S chip maker and not with Samsung or Google.
“Apple began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case,” Apple wrote in its filing.
The Cupertino company has not disclosed the actual figures in terms of damages that it is seeking from Qualcomm through the new countersuit. Apple seems to have waged war on Qualcomm through the new counter lawsuit following the chipmaker’s patent infringement suit as well as a complaint that it filed with the U.S International Trade Commission. The complaint sought a ban on Apple’s handsets that are powered by chips from rival manufacturer, Intel, based on the said patent violations.
A few weeks ago there was speculation that the legal disputes will affect the strong and important partnership between the two companies. Intel is well-positioned to become the main manufacturer of mobile chips for future iPhones if Apple and Qualcomm end up terminating their partnership.