The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple is continuously increasing. As now Qualcomm Seeks Apple iPhone and iPad Sales Ban in US. The smartphone chip manufacturing company, Qualcomm claims that iPhones using chips by rivals, such as Intel, infringe six of its patents. For that reason, Qualcomm has asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to investigate this case and impose an import block
Qualcomm Seeks Apple iPhone and iPad Sales Ban in US
It is the latest move in a series of disputes and lawsuits between Apple and Qualcomm. Earlier in January 2017, Apple suited against Qualcomm on the basis that the money it is making from licensing its patents to technology makers was actually charging Apple for patents. In response to Apple, Qualcomm Countersuits Apple Claiming that it Refuses to Value its Technology.
However, the latest disagreement concerns six patents relating to energy-saving features on the iPhone. Now Qualcomm is saying Apple has used these features without permission.
“If Apple was a willing licensee and Apple was someone who was, like everybody else, willing to pay for what they use, we wouldn’t be suing them on these patents,”
Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s general counsel, said in an interview.
“But they’re not, and we felt we were put in a position, given all the lawsuits they’ve brought against us around the world, of not simply having to defend ourselves but having to take some affirmative action ourselves”
In response to this, Apple said,
“They supply us with a single connectivity component, but for years have been demanding a percentage of the total cost of our products – effectively taxing Apple’s innovation”.
“We believe deeply in the value of intellectual property. But we shouldn’t have to pay them for technology breakthroughs they have nothing to do with.”
However, Qualcomm hoped that ITC would begin an investigation in August and this matter will be resolved soon.