Apple accuses Qualcomm of acting as a 'common patent troll'


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

There are more lawsuits filed by Apple and Qualcomm against each other in the dispute over patents.

But on Wednesday, in a filing in U.S. District Court in San Diego, Apple revised its answer to Qualcomm's complaint with accusations of its own. Yes, it really looks like Qualcomm is going after the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 7. "Qualcomm's paid advertising makes wildly inflated claims about its role in the development of the smartphone, but the facts show that it was Apple that put an easy-to-use computer-phone in the palm of people's hands, not Qualcomm".

The ongoing battle between Apple and Qualcomm started earlier this year after the Federal Trade Commission accused Qualcomm of anti-competitive behavior, which prompted Apple to file a lawsuit claiming Qualcomm had been overcharging for use of its patents. Qualcomm General Counsel Don Rosenberg noted, "You can't react that quickly to file lawsuits".

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Qualcomm also filed a second complaint, and this one has a total of six patents having to do with tech ranging from machine learning to power management. Intel is well-positioned to become the main manufacturer of mobile chips for future iPhones if Apple and Qualcomm end up terminating their partnership.

Both the giants are locking horns with each other by suing in back to back lawsuits, and Apple has completely declined to comment on the issue. That covers the devices sold directly by AT&T and T-Mobile.

When the publication reached out to Apple for a response, the company simply pointed to a recent filing that reads: "Apple's iPhone is the reason consumers fell in love with smartphones and this continues to push Apple to create and innovate with new products and technologies, such as iPhone X Face ID". It is also claiming that the depth-based image enhancement technique for Portrait mode violates a Qualcomm patent.

Olson expects Apple to release three OLED iPhones next year and calls the devices the iPhone X's "offspring". Almost a year ago, Apple filed a $1 billion suit against Qualcomm and proceeded to cut off royalty payments while encouraging its suppliers to do the same.