Qualcomm on Thursday filed a total of three new patent infringement complaints against Apple. In these complaints, Qualcomm claims that Apple has been infringing on 16 of its patents which are being used in the iPhones. This new lawsuit from Qualcomm follows the countersuit by Apple against Qualcomm filed on Wednesday. In the countersuit, Apple has claimed that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line of chipsets infringes on their patents.
Reuters had reached out to Apple for a comment on the new lawsuit, but the company declined to comment. However, in the countersuit filed on Wednesday, Apple claims to have developed its own technology and patents to power its iPhones.
Back in July, Qualcomm had accused Apple of infringing on several of its patents related to getting better battery life on their smartphones. Qualcomm along with this complaint also filed a lawsuit in the US International Trade Commission seeking to get a ban on all the Apple iPhones utilising the Intel Corporation chips.
All three cases that were filed on Thursday have been filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego. The first case is accompanied by a civil lawsuit with the ITC that seeks a ban on the iPhones with Intel chips. The second and third case are civil patent infringement lawsuits.
Qualcomm and Apple have been filing lawsuits against each other for some time now but interestingly, Apple hasn’t refrained from using Qualcomm chips in its latest lineup of iPhones, though there are rumours that they may.