Apple (AAPL) - Get Report wants to become less reliant on chipmakers.

The iPhone maker will reportedly begin in-house development of power management chips, to become less dependent on semiconductor companies.

Apple's stock was moving higher in pre-market trading on Thursday. 

The decision to start in-house chip production, first reported by Nikkei Asian Review, comes amidst a lengthy legal battle with Qualcomm (QCOM) - Get Report which took yet another turn on Wednesday when Apple filed a countersuit against the company, accusing it of patent infringement.

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In July, Qualcomm sued Apple seeking the ban on iPhone imports. At the time Qualcomm argued that Apple had allegedly infringed on six of its patents that improve iPhone performance and battery life.

In its countersuit, Apple alleges that it holds at least eight battery life patents that Qualcomm has violated, and argues that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors infringe on those patents.

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