Apple alleges Qualcomm patent infringement -report

Apple has filed a countersuit against Qualcomm alleging that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile phone chips that power a number of Android-based devices infringe on Apple’s patents, the latest development in a long-running dispute, according to a Reuters report.

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

Now, in a filing in US District Court in San Diego, Apple has revised its answer to Qualcomm’s complaint with accusations of its own, Reuters reported, with Apple alleging it owns at least eight battery life patents that Qualcomm has violated.

In its filing, Apple alleges that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, which power phones from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Alphabet Inc’s Google’s Pixel phones, infringe on those patents.

Samsung and Google are not named in Apple’s counterclaims, the Reuters report said.

“Apple began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case,” wrote Apple in its complaint.

Apple said it is seeking unspecified damages from San Diego-based Qualcomm.