Qualcomm says the iPhone uses six inventions that Apple isn’t paying for.Qualcomm owns a lot of IP (intellectual property). Much of it is for things we don’t think about when we are using a phone powered by one of its processors, like network data transfer and battery management. Today, it has filed a complaint with the ITC (international trade commission) against Apple, which it says uses six patented technologies without offering the correct compensation to Qualcomm.
It makes it clear that these are not industry standard patents (which have different rules about how they are used and paid for) but still “play integral roles enabling both high-speed performance and extended battery life.” The patents in question are:
US Patent 8698558 (issued 2014) which extends battery life by offering intelligent antenna power management
US Patent 8838949 (issued 2014) which helps a phone connect to the network at first boot
US Patent 8633936 (issued 2014) which allows for graphic0intensive applications to use less battery power
US Patent 9535490 (issued 2017) which monitors and manages network traffic to and from applications
US Patent 9608675 (issued 2017) which aggregates multiple streams into a single “data super-highway”
US Patent 8487658 (issued 2013) which uses more efficient power interfacing for both high and low voltage circuits
Using a move from Apple’s own playbook, Qualcomm is petitioning the ITC to stop imports and sales of Apple products that use these patents.
“Qualcomm’s inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm. “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