Thursday, July 6, 2017

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple intensifies


A new chapter between Apple's legal battle with Qualcomm has just taken place in the US. The chip maker has just asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to block imports of certain models of iPhone and iPad as reported by our Fortune colleagues .

New lawsuit against Apple

Since the battle began between the two companies we have seen demands from both sides but the American company that produces different types of chips seems to want to go a step further on this occasion. To do this, it aims to stop sales of some Apple devices , filing a new lawsuit against Apple for patent infringement in the Southern District of California.
According to Qualcomm, Apple infringes up to six patents on its patents related to the implementation of certain technologies that include iPhone (and some iPad) to save battery during their communication. These six patents cited could have been awarded between 2013 and 2017.
Qualcomm and Apple
New lawsuits against Apple and its devices
Qualcomm is asking the ITC to block all iPhones equipped with LTE chips from competing mobile communications companies, including some iPhone models that it would include from AT & T and T-Mobile within the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus equipped with Intel chips .
In an interview, Qualcomm's attorney said his company is taking a new lawsuit to approve a ban on imports of certain Apple products as the Cupertino company is unwilling to pay for the technology it uses.
Chip A10 iPhone 7
Chip A10 iPhone 7
"If Apple were a licensee willing to pay for the technology they use, we would not be suing them with these patents," said the lawyer. "Unfortunately, they are not, and we feel predisposed to defend ourselves, taking action for ourselves."
As stated in Qualcomm's ITC application, the company seeks to ban the sale of the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and future iPhones, however, this ban would not end up coming within a year and a half (in case of demand ), So it would not affect the devices Apple plans to launch in the not-too-distant future (September). The chip company expects the ITC to review the complaint in August and schedule a trial for next year . Qualcomm contends that if this patent claim succeeds, the ITC could ban the sale of these Apple terminals until judges reach a verdict of the lawsuit.

The battle between Apple and Qualcomm from its beginnings

The judicial war between the two companies comes a long way, remembering that the two faced each other for the first time last January, when the FTC complained that Qualcomm had participated in illegal practices and of dubious competitiveness with certain patent licenses . Apple sued Qualcomm for a billion dollars shortly after these events, arguing that the company was asking to charge unfair royalties for "technologies with nothing to do with it."
Qualcomm struck back in April, accusing Apple of violating certain licensing agreements, making false statements and encouraging regulatory attacks against Qualcomm, prompting the Cupertino company to pay the royalties in full to Qualcomm until the court determines the appropriate amount .
Qualcomm
Apple patent claims
Since that time, the two companies have been fighting in the courts non-stop. In late June, Apple decided to extend its lawsuit against Qualcomm and accused the wireless chip maker of resorting to unfair agreements to charge for its patents. According to Apple, Qualcomm has charged billions of dollars for patents that cost much less money than they ask. By contrast , Qualcomm says its innovations are "inside every iPhone" , so Apple must pay the required amount.
In addition to its dispute with Apple, Qualcomm also faces a lawsuit from the FTC for using anti-competitive tactics to remain the dominant processor supplier in today's mobile phones.
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