Well, Qualcomm Inc and Apple have been battling out with lawsuits for quite some time now. While the war seemingly began in the U.S. now it has gone worldwide. If you are unaware, Qualcomm has now filed lawsuits in China, seeking to halt the manufacture and sale of Apple Inc’s iPhones in the country.
According to Bloomberg, the company has filed a second lawsuit in a Beijing intellectual property court, claiming patent infringement and is seeking injunctive relief. Qualcomm has reportedly said that Apple is in violation of three non-standard essential patents. The patents are said to cover power management and the iPhone’s Force Touch feature.
The inventions “are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits,” a Qualcomm spokesperson told Bloomberg. “Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them.” Apple’s shares were marginally up, while Qualcomm shares were marginally down in late-afternoon trading.
However, in response, Apple has stated that the claims were “meritless,” and that it would take great effort to stop its business. The company has suggested that Qualcomm’s effort was opportunistic because in many years of ongoing negotiations Qualcomm hadn’t brought up the patents and had now issued them just recently.
“Apple believes deeply in the value of innovation, and we have always been willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for patents we use,” an Apple spokesperson said. “Regulators around the world have found Qualcomm guilty of abusing their position for years. This claim is meritless and, like their other courtroom maneuvers, we believe this latest legal effort will fail.”
The spokesperson also added, “Apple’s not going to miss one day of production,” he said. ‘If for any reason they get a negative judgment, they’d go back to paying Qualcomm in the short term. They’re not going to risk their business model for this.”
In any case, Qualcomm made the filings on Sept. 29 at the Beijing court. The court is yet to give its final verdict on the matter.
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