Apple brings 5G and national security into Qualcomm patent battle

“As Apple and Qualcomm’s ongoing legal battle over patent licensing fees continues, the two companies now find themselves before the US International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., with the chipmaker arguing that iPhones with rival Intel modems should be banned from the country,” Adam Westlake reports for SlashGear. “Apple’s counter position, however, includes arguing that such a move would be a threat to US national security and the development of 5G.”

“Recently, Apple has begun using Intel’s 4G modems in some iPhone units to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm and their unfair patent licensing fees,” Westlake reports. “It’s these iPhones with patent-infringing Intel chips that Qualcomm argues should be banned from the US.”

“Apple’s argument for national security is based on Intel’s current work to develop next generation 5G modems,” Westlake reports. “A ban against iPhones with their chips would hurt their market position and could have a negative affect on “the US’s race to stay ahead of China in 5G” development, reports Bloomberg.”

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“Staff lawyers with the ITC recommended that Judge Thomas Pender rule that Apple violated one of three Qualcomm patents — for a battery-saving feature,” Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg. “However, the staff also said Intel-based iPhones that have next-generation technology known as 5G should be allowed into the country to not cede ground to China.”

“Staff lawyer Lisa Murray said that iPhones with Qualcomm chips — which Apple already sells — could replace those with Intel chips in the market. A bigger question, she said, was how a ban would affect the U.S.’s race to stay ahead of China in 5G and whether that would be in the nation’s best interest,” Decker reports. “‘If Intel is taken out of the 5G race, this would slow the pace of U.S. innovation,’ Murray said. She recommended that future iPhones with 5G be exempt from any import ban, saying that ‘Apple and Intel would have continued incentive to invest in 5G.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: The mating dance continues.

Hopefully, when all of this is said and done, Qualcomm’s unreasonable, illogical, and irrational licensing scam, which charges a percentage of the total cost of all components in the phone, even non-Qualcomm components, will go the way of the dodo.

Analyst: Apple, Qualcomm legal fight could settle this year – June 11, 2018
Apple CEO Tim Cook to be deposed in Qualcomm lawsuit – April 6, 2018
Judge Koh sets aside sanctions order against Apple in FTC v. Qualcomm antitrust case – February 8, 2018
Apple gets support from Lawyers for Civil Justice in fight against discovery sanctions – February 1, 2018
EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm $1.2 billion for paying Apple to shut out rivals’ chips – January 24, 2018
Apple sanctioned in Qualcomm FTC case for withholding documents – December 22, 2017
Apple countersues Qualcomm for patent infringement – November 29, 2017
Apple designing next-gen iPhones, iPads that would dump Qualcomm components – October 31, 2017
Qualcomm faces long odds in attempt to get ban of iPhone sales and manufacturing in China – October 17, 2017
Qualcomm files lawsuits seeking China iPhone ban, escalating Apple legal fight – October 13, 2017
Qualcomm fined record $773 million in Taiwan antitrust probe – October 11, 2017
Apple faces down Qualcomm, Ericsson over EU patent fees – October 2, 2017
Qualcomm loses two key rulings in its patent royalty fight with Apple – September 21, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Huawei – September 18, 2017
U.S. judge rules Apple lawsuits against Qualcomm can proceed – September 8, 2017
Qualcomm CEO expects out of court settlement with Apple – July 18, 2017
Apple-Qualcomm legal dispute likely to be ‘long and ugly’ – July 7, 2017
Qualcomm wants court to block Apple from U.S. iPhone imports and sales – July 6, 2017
Judge rules U.S. FTC antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm to proceed – June 27, 2017
Apple uses Supreme Court decision to escalate war against Qualcomm – June 20, 2017
Apple’s amended San Diego complaint against Qualcomm leaves no doubt: many billions at stake – June 20, 2017

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