Qualcomm sues Apple over six patent infringements

July 07, 2017 //By Julien Happich
Smartphone chip maker Qualcomm announced the filing of a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple has engaged in the unlawful importation and sale of iPhones that infringe one or more claims of six Qualcomm patents.

The six patents, U.S. Patent No. 8,633,936, U.S. Patent No. 8,698,558, U.S. Patent No. 8,487,658, U.S. Patent No. 8,838,949, U.S. Patent No. 9,535,490, and U.S. Patent No. 9,608,675 described in an infographic provided by the company cover key technologies that enable important features and functions in iPhones.

"While the technologies covered by the patents are central to the performance of the iPhone", Qualcomm claims, "the six asserted patents are not essential to practice any standards in a mobile device or subject to a commitment to offer to license such patents" clarifies the chip maker.

Qualcomm is requesting that the ITC institute an investigation into Apple’s infringing imports and ultimately issue a Limited Exclusion Order (LEO) to bar importation of those iPhones and other products into the United States.

The Company is seeking the LEO against iPhones that use cellular baseband processors other than those supplied by Qualcomm’s affiliates. Additionally, Qualcomm is seeking a Cease and Desist Order barring further sales of infringing Apple products that have already been imported and to halt the marketing, advertising, demonstration, warehousing of inventory for distribution and use of those imported products in the United States.