Qualcomm says Apple infringed on its patents with Intel equipped iPhones

Qualcomm says Apple infringed on its patents with Intel equipped iPhones
Qualcomm and Apple have a lot of court time scheduled over the next few weeks, and we aren't talking about handball. On March 26th, the International Trade Commission (ITC) is expected to decide whether to impose a sales and importation ban on certain Apple iPhone models. An ITC judge has already ruled that Apple infringed on a Qualcomm patent, but decided not to ban the iPhone because such an action would negatively impact the modem chip market. The full commission will make its final ruling in about three weeks.

Next month, Apple and Qualcomm square off in federal court over $1 billion in royalties that Apple says it "unfairly" paid to Qualcomm. Apple claims that Qualcomm charged it royalties for technology that has nothing to do with the chip maker. For example, if your iPhone is broken and needs to be sent back to Foxconn for repair, Qualcomm charges Apple 5% of what it pays the contract manufacturer to fix the device. Qualcomm asks for this percentage even if the problem with the unit has nothing to do with a Qualcomm component.

Ahead of the April courtroom battle, Qualcomm and Apple return to district court in San Diego today for a quick eight day trial. Reuters reports that the chip maker is accusing Apple of infringing on a Qualcomm patent related to faster boot-up times for smartphones, and another that extends battery life during certain tasks. The chip maker seeks $1.41 for each iPhone sold between the middle of 2017 and the fall of 2018 that infringed on these patents. Qualcomm says that Apple iPhone models containing Intel modem chips, about half of the models sold over the aforementioned time period, infringed on its patents.

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11 Comments

1. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Apple pay!!!

2. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

What do you expect for a company with no innovation for the last 5 years. They're just ripping off other company's IP, rename it and call it their own invention. Liquid retina display anyone? Lmao.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hey, the Liquid Retina actually uses liquid from Steve Jobs’ eye. Peaceboy personally told me that, so it’s automatically true.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6599; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Geez...did you need to give him a shout out?! It's been nice and peaceful lately. lol

8. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG LMFAO I missed that post.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Peaceboy knows all.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hey Venom, give me a few minutes, and I’ll post how intel modems suck. You can then say, I still have my Max.

5. blingblingthing

Posts: 919; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Regarding that 5% deal for repairs not related to the modem, this sounds like a deal both parties signed and not Apple is deciding not to pay due to a change of heart.

9. shm224

Posts: 276; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Apple and its CMs never allowed Qualcomm to audit that and probably never paid a penny on this repair either.

7. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

Didn't Apple indirectly admit to using Qualcomm's tech by saying newest software update will not be using qualcomm's patents in another court?

10. IT-Engineer

Posts: 526; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Yup in Germany

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