Pre-trial judge speaks out against Qualcomm's legal strategy in patent case vs. Apple
When Qualcomm sued Apple for patent infringement, the lawyers for the iPhone manufacturer filed for declaratory judgment on a couple of major issues. Apple wanted the court to decide in advance that nine of Qualcomm's patents were invalid, and as a result there was no infringement by Apple. When it filed an amended complaint, Apple tacked on nine more Qualcomm patents that it wanted a ruling on before the trial.
motion to strike. The judge ruled on Tuesday that Qualcomm will not be able to use certain segments of written expert reports during the trial. The judge will allow Qualcomm to present expert testimony related to standard-essential patents. And those important and necessary patents are supposed to be offered to firms on a FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) basis.Qualcomm then decided not to file compulsory infringement counterclaims against Apple, a move that prevents the chip maker from filing these charges against Apple in this case, forever. But as the start of the trial moves closer, Qualcomm has decided to present to the jury expert testimony related to patent infringement. Apple, needless to say, was steamed and filed a
Qualcomm's actions seem to have upset United States Magistrate Judge Mitchell D. Dembin, who said, "To the extent that Qualcomm claims they have disclosed in discovery their views regarding infringement and, consequently, there is no surprise and no prejudice, is unavailing. Rules are rules and tactical decisions have consequences."
Apple and Qualcomm are involved in a number of legal actions. The first one was filed by Apple in January 2017 when the latter claimed that "For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with." You can read the decision made by the judge to strike some of Qualcomm's expert testimony directly below.