Qualcomm files new lawsuit against Apple for alleged patent infringement

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Qualcomm has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. again saying that Apple has used the chips made by their competitor Intel, in their iPhones and iPads which infringe on Qualcomm patents.

Qualcomm representative said Apple has infringed on six of Qualcomm’s patents, which involves the technology that improves iPhone battery life. The company further added that the Cupertino based iPhone maker has used chips made by competitor Intel Corpo (INTC.O) in some of the iPhones and iPads. Hence, the company has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar Apple Inc. to sell those devices that infringe Qualcomm patents.

Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel at Qualcomm said “Apple continues to use Qualcomm’s technology while refusing to pay for it.”

Qualcomm has filed the suit with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and with the United States International Trade Commission. Qualcomm referred to “iPhones that use cellular baseband processors other than those supplied by Qualcomm’s affiliates.” Sources say, starting with iPhone 7, Intel supplies chips for some iPhones.

Standing in defense to the allegation done on them, Apple said “We believe deeply in the value of intellectual property but we shouldn’t have to pay them for technology breakthroughs they have nothing to do with.” It further added “We’ve always been willing to pay a fair rate for standard technology used in our products and since they’ve refused to negotiate reasonable terms we’re asking the courts for help.”

Earlier this year in the month of January, Apple had sued Qualcomm for about $1 billion and claimed that Qualcomm was “charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.”

Apple also said in one of its statements “Without an agreed-upon rate to determine how much is owed, we have suspended payments until the correct amount can be determined by the court.”

Daniel Newman, principal analyst at the Futurum Research Firm has speculated that “Qualcomm spent billions of dollars developing critical technologies that Apple now seems to want to be able to have access to for free or next to nothing.” This could have been the reason for the ongoing issue to have got popped up between the companies concerned.

Qualcomm’s practice of taking a cut of the total price of the phone in exchange for “modem” chips which help phones to use wireless networks data plans has also come to light.

The fight between the two technology based companies will be solved depending on how the Court treats innovation.