Qualcomm slapped with $1 billion patent suit

Qualcomm is now embroiled in another legal battle over patent infringement. Gabriel Technologies filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the tech firm, claiming that Qualcomm subsidiary SnapTrack improperly appropriated intellectual property as part of a joint development agreement with Locate Networks. Gabriel says that the rights were acquired by its own subsidiary, Trace Technologies, and that Qualcomm wrongly acquired 90 separate patents by claiming ownership. 

"We look forward to providing the court with evidence of Qualcomm's wrongdoing in this case," said Ronald Gillum, Jr., Gabriel's president. "We intend to vigorously prosecute this misappropriation of our valuable intellectual property."

The disputed technology revolves around assisted GPS, which helps integrate GPS technology into mobile devices.

Qualcomm has also been involved with a long-running patent dispute with rival Broadcom, which has gone through numerous arbitration decisions by both federal courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission. 

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