began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case," counterclaims the team from Cupertino, and is apparently seeking financial damages for infringement in its turn. This is a common legal strategy in such patent cases, since Samsung also claimed that Apple is infringing on its own patents during the famous legal battles between the two, which recently ended with a fine levied on Samsung.Apple "
The reason for all this trouble that Apple is going through with Qualcomm? As you can see in the phone production cost breakdown below, IP licenses for standard essential patents form more than 10% of the total for the iPhone 7, for instance. Thus, Apple could save a big chunk of money if it wins against the Qualcomm, whose main revenue comes from royalties for licensing such patents, rather than the chipset and wireless modem-making businesses.