Picture: Qualcomms headquarters in San Diego, California
Netease Technologies News March 5, according to foreign media reports, on Monday, local time, Apple and Qualcomm launched the latest legal battle on patents and licensing agreements at Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego, California. Qualcomm said that Apples iPhone infringed on three patents.
Qualcomm is the main supplier of chips and modems in the mobile phone industry. The company said in its lawsuit that Apple infringed three of its patents on some popular iPhone products. Qualcomm is suing for compensation, but the figures have not yet been disclosed.
Although Qualcomm does not produce smartphones and does not have products that consumers will buy, it has developed many technologies for the smartphone market, David Nelson, Qualcomms chief lawyer, said in a lawsuit statement Monday.
The lawsuit involved three patents that Qualcomm claimed Apple infringed. A patent allows smartphones to quickly connect to the Internet after booting. The other is related to graphics processing and battery life. The third patent allows applications on mobile phones to download data more easily by booting data traffic between application processors and modems.
In the opening remarks, the two sides had a heated debate on the start-up technology patent. Apple said Qualcomm stole the idea of Arjuna Siva, then an Apple engineer. Apple said Siva discussed the idea with Qualcomm engineers in an e-mail.
Juanita Brooks, Apples chief legal adviser, said in her opening remarks about the allegation: This is indeed the most heinous allegation in the case. They took our ideas and went to the patent office to apply for a patent.
The court conflict between Apple and Qualcomm has a long history. Two years ago, the Federal Trade Commission, backed by heavyweight companies like Apple and Intel, accused Qualcomm of monopolizing the modem chip market. The Federal Trade Commission argues that Qualcomms high royalties prevent competitors from entering the market, which in turn increases the cost of mobile phones and harms consumersinterests. The trial took place in January and both sides are currently awaiting the verdict of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.
The San Diego trial, chaired by Dana Sabraw, a U.S. District Judge, is more technical than other lawsuits, and may also have an impact on the way and cost of making smartphones in consumershands. The trial also laid the groundwork for discussions between the two companies on the licensing agreement in April. The two companies have been debating Apples technology licensing fees to Qualcomm. Apple paid Qualcomm $7.5 for each iPhone, but Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams testified in January that the price should be $1.5.
The iPhone was first launched in 2007, but Apple did not use Qualcomms modem chip for network connectivity until 2011. In 2016, Apple began using modems developed by Intel on some models of the iPhone 7 and 7Plus. Now all of Apples newest phones are using Intels modem instead of Qualcomm.
The Santiago trial ruling will be handed down by an eight-member jury and is expected to be handed down in mid-March. (Han Bing)
Source: Responsible Editor of Netease Science and Technology Report: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541