Qualcomm and Apple have recently been locked in what seems to be the next big legal battle in the tech industry. Now Qualcomm has filed a complaint against Apple with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging Apple of being engaged in illegal import and sale of the iPhone, claiming that Apple infringes one or more of the six patents they hold regarding technologies that help the iPhone function.
Qualcomm is requesting the ITC to start an investigation into Apple regarding them infringing imports, after which ITC could issue a Limited Exclusion Order. This order would effectively bar the import of many Apple products, including the iPhone into the United States of America. They want Apple to stop importing iPhone units that use any cellular baseband processors other than Qualcomm’s or its affiliates.
Qualcomm is also seeking that Apple halts all marketing, advertising, demonstration, warehousing of inventory for distribution and use of the infringing products in the United States.
“Qualcomm’s inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards. The patents we are asserting represent six important technologies, out of a portfolio of thousands, and each is vital to iPhone functions. Apple continues to use Qualcomm’s technology while refusing to pay for it. These lawsuits seek to stop Apple’s infringement of six of our patented technologies,”
Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm.
The six patents they are talking about, enable high performance of a smartphone while extending its battery life. Each of the patent does this in a different way for different smartphone features says Qualcomm. They also filed the same complaint against Apple in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, where they are pursuing Apple to pay for the damages.
The company has commented saying, they expect the ITC to start the investigation in August, and the case will be tried anytime in the next year.