Qualcomm on Monday kicks off a patent challenge to Apple, capping off a two-year legal strategy to Place Stress on the iPhone Manufacturer before a major antitrust lawsuit between the two goes to trial in April.
Qualcomm, the world’s biggest maker of mobile chips, alleges in federal court in San Diego that Apple breached three of its rivals, also is requesting tens of millions of dollars or more in damages.
The patent case is part of a two-year chain of lawsuits across the world between the companies. Apple has alleged that Qualcomm engaged in illegal patent clinics to protect a dominant position in the chip market, and Qualcomm has accused Apple of using its technology without reimbursement.
Ever since then, Qualcomm has filed a series of patent activities timed to conclude prior to the antitrust trial and rack up smaller victories against Apple. Thus far, Qualcomm has won a preliminary finding of breach by US trade regulators and partial iPhone sales bans in China and Germany, even though the Chinese ban has not yet been enforced and Apple has declared shipping telephones in Germany after making modifications.
US District Judge Dana Sabraw will open an eight-day trial on Monday to determine if Apple violated Qualcomm patents about helping phones turn on more quickly and save battery life through tasks like playing video games. Qualcomm alleges that mobiles with Intel modem processors, which connect telephones to wireless information networks, violated the patents.
Apple has reacted in court documents that it doesn’t believe the patents are valid and that it does not infringe them. Apple has been found to infringe one of those patents in the lawsuit during an unrelated situation before the US International Trade Commission, but that choice is not final and doesn’t bind the court in San Diego. Apple also told trade regulators it believed it had a software alternative to avoid the patent.
Qualcomm is asking for around $1.41 in damages per infringing iPhone sold between mid-2017 along with the autumn of 2018. The exact amount of iPhones at stake has not yet been disclosed because Apple has never said how a lot of its phones comprise Intel chips. Analysts think that half of iPhones during that period comprised Intel chips.