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Technology Qualcomm files new patent infringement complaints against Apple

10:20  01 december  2017
10:20  01 december  2017 Source:   reuters.com

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By Stephen Nellis and Ankit Ajmera (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc said on Thursday it filed three new patent infringement complaints against Apple Inc , saying there were 16 more of its patents that Apple was using in its iPhones.

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

The new complaints represent the latest development in a long-standing dispute and follows Apple's countersuit on Wednesday against Qualcomm, which alleged that Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile phone chips infringed on Apple patents.

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.

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Qualcomm today also filed a complaint against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California alleging that Apple infringes the same six patents in the complaint filed in the ITC.

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

Qualcomm in July accused Apple of infringing several patents related to helping mobile phones get better battery life.

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That case accompanied a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to ban the import of Apple iPhones that use competing Intel Corp (INTC.O) chips because of the alleged patent violations.

The three cases filed Thursday were all filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego. One of the cases is a companion civil lawsuit to a new complaint also filed Thursday with the ITC that seeks the same remedy of banning iPhones with Intel chips. The other two cases are civil patent infringement lawsuits.

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The three new complaints assert a total of 16 additional patents that Apple is currently using in its iPhones.

The new complaints represent the latest development in a long-standing dispute and follows Apple 's countersuit on Wednesday against Qualcomm , which alleged that Qualcomm 's Snapdragon mobile phone chips infringed on Apple patents .

The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm over patents is part of a wide-ranging legal war between the two companies.

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

In a related suit, Qualcomm sued the contract manufacturers that make Apple's phones, but Apple joined in to defend them.

Qualcomm in November sued Apple over an alleged breach of a software agreement between the two companies. Apple emailed Qualcomm to request "highly confidential" information about how its chips work on an unidentified wireless carrier's network, Qualcomm alleged, but Apple had copied an Intel engineer in the email for information.

Separately, Qualcomm is facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over many of the same pricing practices Apple names in its complaints.

(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar and Chris Reese)

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