Qualcomm files new patent infringement complaints against Apple

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Qualcomm accuses Apple of violating 16 of its patents including power-saving tech and camera autofocus in devices from the iPhone 7 to the new premium iPhone X. Numerous patents cover technology that improves battery life, but others focus on additional smartphone tech.

To view the full article, register now. Unless the two settle their differences out of court, it may take years until we hear final verdicts in these patent lawsuits - and these trials are bound to become even more complicated.

In January, Apple charged Qualcomm for patent royalty rebates of around $1 billion that latter purportedly withheld from Apple.

In particular, Qualcomm points to the iPhone X's multitasking interface and its similarities to the interface webOS used to use.

The patent application said that the technology is related to any kind of electronic device that has a display, like a "laptop computer, a tablet computer, a cellular telephone, a wristwatch, or other electronic device (e.g., a portable device, handheld device, etc.)". More recently, Apple reviewed its answer to Qualcomm's grievance with accusations of its own. These claims were first reported by Reuters. Samsung and Google are not named in Apple's counterclaims.

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The filings were issued yesterday, shortly after Apple filed its own patent infringement lawsuit against Qualcomm.

Apple didn't have a comment Thursday but referred CNET to its filing from Wednesday.

This legal dispute started at the beginning of the year after the Federal Trade Commission accused Qualcomm of anti-competitive behavior.

"You can't react that quickly to file lawsuits", said Rosenberg. Qualcomm has fired back, and we've been watching the volleying play out over the last several months.