The pica battle between Apple and Qualcomm has just reached a new level. As reported today to CNET, an International Trade Commission (ITC) judge said today that Ma actually infringed, with some iPhones, one of the patents involved in the legal imbalance between the two companies and recommended banning affected smartphones in the United States.
Explain: Earlier today, Judge MaryJoan McNamara stated that Apple infringed the patent number 8,063,674, which refers to power control in mobile devices. The other two patents involved in the lawsuit passed lawsuits, but that did not prevent the judge from recommending the ban of iPhones involved in the infringement in American territory.
The ruling has no practical effect, as McNamara is still submitting his views to an ITC panel of judges who will judge the merits of his statements and vote whether Apple actually infringed the patent in question, moving to halt the sale. iPhones; then the decision goes to President Trump.
While all this was happening, ITC posted a note on its website stating that one of its panels dismissed another Qualcomm complaint based on another patent for a battery-saving technology. To be clear, the decisions are unrelated: In this particular case dismissed today, Apple has escaped a ban on iPhones, but the other charge, described in the previous paragraphs, can still be considered valid by the panel we will have to wait for the next few months.
Apple and Qualcomm did not comment on the case, which does not mean that companies are quiet, as we will see below.
In the latest round of arguments before ITC, both Apple and Qualcomm have stated that they are key players in the future of 5G technology, so attacking one another could be detrimental to telecommunications. The information is from Bloomberg.
Apple said Qualcomm's anticompetitive practices could hurt the breakthroughs in the area if Intel, the current Ma supplier, were barred from supplying chips to US-sold iPhones, for example, could mean a slowdown in its technology studies. , further damaging competition.
Qualcomm, for its part, stated that Ma's argument was bullshit, as its real competition in developing 5G modems is in Asia; If Apple continues to sell iPhones without paying its patent fees, it could cause a break in finances that would lead Qualcomm (and hence the US) to lose the lead in developing these technologies.
And so the dispute goes on. Let's see what comes out of this whole story
via Cult of Mac, 9to5Mac