The U.S based Apple and Qualcomm are involved in the legal fights in several countries. Apple has sued Qualcomm in the U.S for $1 billion over the royalties issue. Just two days back, Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has slapped a whopping $774 million fine on Qualcomm. In China, Qualcomm has filed a patent infringement case on Apple. Now, the latest news suggests the Beijing Intellectual Property Court has accepted that particular case. Along with these lawsuits, the mobile chip maker is also facing several charges in other markets for abusing its dominating position in the mobile chipset market.
If the results come in favor of Qualcomm, Apple has to halt the sale of iPhones and iPads in China. According to the report, Qualcomm is accusing Apple of violating the below mentioned three patents. Apple mentioned these as non-essential patents and are never discussed during negotiations with Qualcomm. However, Qualcomm said Apple is benefitting from the patents without paying any fees. According to Bloomberg, the three patents are said to cover power management and the iPhone’s Force Touch feature.
- ZL200580031592.2 – Efficient signaling over access channel
- ZL01809657.3 – An apparatus for retransmission of signals in a communication system
- ZL200380108677.7 – Method and apparatus for data transmission on a reverse link in a communication
While there won’t be any immediate outcome, this case gives Qualcomm a slight edge while negotiating other lawsuits. Apart from stopping the iPhone sales, Qualcomm asked the court to stop the manufacturing of the Apple iPhones in the country. Majority of the Apple products are manufactured by Chinese OEM and an immediate ban would result in unemployment for its own citizens. If the result favor Qualcomm, Apple might reach for a settlement with the largest mobile chip maker instead of stopping the production.
The legal battle started earlier this year when Apple filed an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm. Apple stopped paying royalties and also recommended its partners to do so. Apple is said to have been paying an outright fee of $18 for Qualcomm modems along with a 5% of the iPhone’s sale price as royalties fee. We will be updating this article if there is any progress in the latest Qualcomm vs Apple lawsuits.