Qualcomm seeks to keep patent claims out of legal fight with Apple

“Qualcomm Inc. is trying to steer a big chuck of its billion-dollar dispute with Apple Inc. over the use of fundamental technology for mobile phones away from what it sees as a sideshow over patents,” Edvard Pettersson reports for Bloomberg.

“At a hearing Friday, Qualcomm will ask a federal judge in San Diego to throw out as moot all claims by Apple related to nine ‘handpicked’ patents, whose validity Apple challenges, because the company has told Apple and its Asian manufacturers that it won’t assert any infringement claims over them,” Pettersson reports. “Apple alleges Qualcomm is trying to avoid any scrutiny of individual patents the chipmaker says are part of the standard technology for mobile phones to operate. Qualcomm argues that the specific intellectual property Apple has challenged — the company says it has more than 130,000 patents and patent applications worldwide — isn’t relevant to the broader licensing dispute between the two technology giants.”

Pettersson reports, “‘The endgame is a settlement,’ according to Anand Srinivasan, an analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence. ‘But this is a fight for Qualcomm’s business model, and if they have to settle under duress, or if Apple wins this outright, everyone will ask for a similar deal.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Everyone should ask for a similar deal. The terms now are ridiculous!

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, must end.

Interns, you know what to do. Cheers, everyone!

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  1. “Qualcomm argues that the specific intellectual property Apple has challenged — the company says it has more than 130,000 patents and patent applications worldwide — isn’t relevant to the broader licensing dispute between the two technology giants.”
    So, specific patents aren’t “relevant” to be challenged for validity, because they have 130,000? TLDR their argument is don’t fight them because they’re bound to have some valid patent amongst that 130,000, though which ones, they’re not so sure. Heck of a business. The only entities who can fight them are gov’ts and the largest companies in the World. Everyone else has to settle, because they’ll be bankrupted trying to litigate 130,000 patent validity cases.

  2. Sounds like Qualcomm took a clue from MS.

    It appears similar to what MS did with getting PC makers to pay MS for Windows licenses on every PC they made… including those that didn’t come with Windows pre-installed.

    Despite how unethical such situations may sound, they are not… nor are they illegal. They are simply contractual agreements between extremely large corporate entities that both agreed too at the beginning of their business relationship.

    Now, one party has decided they want to change the terms of their agreement to their (and only their) benefit. The second party certainly isn’t going to benefit from the change. Other entities, tied up in similar agreements with the second party, may (or may not) benefit, but that isn’t part of this contractual disagreement.

    I have no sympathy for either party. I do garner a certain distrust of companies that agree to (possibly) onerous terms in contractual agreements early on their dealings with other companies… then (when they are much larger and financially successful) seek to use the courts to alter terms of their contracts.

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