Qualcomm sues Apple back; Piper Jaffray analyst predicts iPhone future

Qualcomm sues Apple back; Piper Jaffray analyst predicts iPhone future

Three new lawsuits allege that Apple is infringing 16 Qualcomm patents with the iPhone 7, 8, and X, as well as their Plus models.

Apple is filing these new patent infringement claims to get Qualcomm's own patent claims dismissed.

"Apple can import iPhones (regardless of who supplies the modems) that do not infringe the patents asserted in this action, but Apple has no inherent right to infringe Qualcomm's [non-standards essential patents] through the sale of its iPhones", Qualcomm said in its filing.

Qualcomm filed a lawsuit against Apple in July, claiming that some of Apple's devices illegally use patent related to extended battery life that are owned by Qualcomm.

In its submission, Apple charges that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 and 800 processors, which power devices from Samsung and Google's Pixel phones, breach on those patents.

The patents of Apple involve confirming each part of a device's processor draws just the minimum power required, turning off processor parts when they are not required and making wake and sleep functions work better. Apple has also come out to say that Qualcomm selectively gained patents that covered technologies that are insight Apple products "much like a common patent troll".

Two unique things about this phone is that it's the first patent by Apple that lists micro-LED as one of the main display type for a foldable iPhone and uses liquid metal in the foldable iPhone's structure.

Qualcomm General Counsel Don Rosenberg said the timing of Qualcomm's lawsuits is coincidental to Apple's countersuit.

In January, Apple charged Qualcomm for patent royalty rebates of around $1 billion that latter purportedly withheld from Apple. Apple does not use those processors but has used Qualcomm modem chips that connect its iPhones and iPads to the internet.

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