Qualcomm Apple Global issue takes another turn Posted Jul 10, 2017 by Ruchika Sharma

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The latest in the legal tussle between Qualcomm and Apple has taken yet another turn with Qualcomm filing a complaint against Apple with the US International Trade Commission (ITC). The leading chipmaker, Qualcomm, is seeking an investigation and a ban on import of the new iPhone. It also solicits the ban on the sale of already imported models of iPhones and alleges that iPhone is infringing Qualcomm’s patent.

What the issue is all about

Qualcomm claims that Apple has invaded six patents enhancing the battery life of the device and the critical technologies to enable important traits and functions. Moreover, these patents are not essential to the standard and have been used unlawfully and unfairly without permission of Qualcomm.

According to the lawsuit, Qualcomm has also asked for financial compensation from Apple. However, Apple claims that the company supplies a single connectivity unit and demands a share of the Apple’s sales. Apple reportedly said that they should not be paying, as Qualcomm has no involvement, in their innovative and technological quantum leaps. They believe that Qualcomm is abusing their leadership position by charging substantially high for the use of the patents.

Qualcomm's modem automation or cellular degree technological innovations are very important for iPhones. Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s general counsel, says that Apple has been using the technology but pay for it.

Qualcomm is the main supplier of LTE modems to Apple. These patents, however, must comply with technical standards and this deal will require them to be licensed for the use at the prices fairly and reasonable according to Qualcomm and otherwise according to Apple. The lawsuit is an expected escalation of the global issue between the leading global giants.

Six Patents

The patents are the critical technologies to enable swift performance and improved battery life of iPhone and offering unparalleled operations.

  • US Patent No. 8,698,558 – Extended battery life by intelligence
  • US Patent No. 8,633,936 – High performance and rich visual graphics + high battery life
  • US Patent No. 9,608,675 – Send high-speed data + high battery life
  • US Patent No. 8,838,949 – flash less boot for quick internet connectivity + extended battery life
  • US Patent No. 9,535,490 – Quick application data down and upload
  • US Patent No. 8,487,658 – Maximized phone performance + extended battery life

The epic battle of the giants

Apple has appealed, in the US, against Qualcomm for a substantial amount of one billion dollars. And now, Qualcomm, as expected has filed a lawsuit against Apple.

On June 20th this year, Apple filed legal proceedings against Qualcomm in Federal Court, claiming the illegal business model and that the company sought to get unreasonable patent royalties on each wireless phone having its chip, stating a few of the patents are invalid.

Consequences

Apple may miss out on fast data speeds on next iPhone in the US, according to Bloomberg report. The speedier gigabit LTE might be missing due to high dependency on the chipmaker. Currently, the chipmaker’s modems are only ones having gigabit speed for the data transfer.

With the two companies at loggerheads now, Apple is likely to reduce its dependency on Qualcomm.   

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