Apple counterclaims that Qualcomm infringed on its own patents, here's what's at stake

Apple counterclaims that Qualcomm infringed on its own patents, here's what's at stake
Apple has apparently looked and found a patent arrow in its legal portfolio quiver that it can counteract Qualcomm's patent claims with. It just accused the mobile chip-makers from Texas of infringing no less than eight of its patents related to power efficiency measures. These have all reportedly been used since chipsets of yesteryear like the Snapdragon 800 and 820, and reportedly improve battery life on devices equipped with them. 

Apple "began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case," counterclaims the team from Cupertino, and is apparently seeking financial damages for infringement in its turn. This is a common legal strategy in such patent cases, since Samsung also claimed that Apple is infringing on its own patents during the famous legal battles between the two, which recently ended with a fine levied on Samsung

The reason for all this trouble that Apple is going through with Qualcomm? As you can see in the phone production cost breakdown below, IP licenses for standard essential patents form more than 10% of the total for the iPhone 7, for instance. Thus, Apple could save a big chunk of money if it wins against the Qualcomm, whose main revenue comes from royalties for licensing such patents, rather than the chipset and wireless modem-making businesses.


source: Reuters & WIPO (PDF)

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10 Comments

1. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The Apple has been rotting for quite a while now.....

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Not as fast as Android OEMs are rotting away from lack of customer retention.

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Ha haaa You wish. 6 million iPhone X units sold in black Friday weekend alone.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Rumor.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly, it nothing but a rumor. And just how many of those have been returned.

2. toukale

Posts: 631; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

If I am Qualcomm, I would take Broadcom money and run. If this thing goes through its conclusions, Qualcomm stands to lose a lot more than Apple. It may costs Apple the same amount of money they were already on the hook for (which they have a ton of). But for Qualcomm, they stand to lose a big client with tons of power that can also see others follow behind them. It will also make Intel a big Qualcomm competitor where they were not before. Qualcomm is playing with fire here and I am afraid they will get burn badly.

5. Nopers unregistered

They already rejected it. If they go back to Broadcomm there's no way they'll offer the same 100bn. Right now, nobody can afford to replace Qualcomm in their products, Intel can't produce enough high quality modems and Samsung can't produce enough SoC.

6. Mellow

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 27, 2017

LOL ! Samsung manufactures the Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. Other OEMs also supports Apple in this patent battle to brake Qualcomm’s monopoly & it’s good for the consumer too.

8. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

They signed a binding contract. Apple signed for the cash they are on the hook for. You can't agree to sign a contract and then claim it's unfair afterwards and withhold proper payment, which are legally due to the other party. Goto court, but pay what you legally signed you would pay.

9. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

LOL to u self dude! Good for consumer? Do u even understand whats all about? Even Qualcomm lose, only companies benefits from it. Consumer get s**t from it and still pays same high prices for all overprices phones.

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