Qualcomm files complaints against Apple over patent infringement

The complaints were lodged at both the International Trade Commission and Federal Court.

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Qualcomm files complaints against Apple over patent infringement Qualcomm complaints cover six patents related to key features and perfromance of iPhones. (Getty Images)
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  July 9, 2017

Qualcomm Incorporated, a global semiconductor and telecommunications technology provider, has filed a complaint against Apple with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC).

According to the complaint, it is alleged that Apple has imported and sold iPhone units that infringe on one or more claims of six Qualcomm patents.

As a result, Qualcomm has officially requested that the ITC conduct an investigation into Apple's infringing imports. If successful, the case will then lead to an issuant of a Limited Exclusion Order (LEO) that would bar importation of Apple's products into the US and stop the company's use of Qualcomm's technology.

In addition to filing a complaint with the ITC, Qualcomm has also filed a complaint against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, commented: "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."

The various patents covered by the complaints impact key features and functions of iPhones, as well as the performance, which includes processing power and battery life.

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