After just one day, the Qualcomm appeared with more patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.
In addition to the previous process, two more claims have now been filed by the chipmaker: the first, which comprises six more patents (8,971,861, 7,834,591, 8,768,865, 8,229,043, 8,447,132 and 9,024,418) , goes through a variety of technologies, from power management to automatic learning. The second goes after five more patents, four of which are credited with Palm (8,683,362, 8,497,928, 7,844,037 and 9,203,940).
If you're wondering why Qualcomm cites Palm, the answer is easy: In 2014, the manufacturer bought several Palm patents previously owned by HP. Some of these were related to the design options of the webOS company and the device itself.
In the process, Qualcomm claimed that Apple copied the operating system's "card" design interface, as well as cited patent infringement of features such as answering calls with a text message, the ability to resume camera focus by tapping on screen is the idea of assigning numerous utilities to the on / off button.
All of these Palm Qualcomm inventions have greatly improved the functionality of mobile devices and user experience, and they are all widely found in Apple products without license or permission.
In a matter of TechCrunchAs soon as the iPhone X was announced, Natasha Lomas commented that the new device looked like a "little ghost" from the Palm Pre. If you are not convinced, take a look at the video below:
Believe it or not, Lomas's text was used as an argument in the chipmaker's lawsuit to reaffirm that the violation did indeed occur. At the time Palm Pre was launched in 2009, Tim Cook (then COO, but acting as CEO on an interim basis) threw the following statement at one of Apple's financial results conference: “We don't care about competition, but if others steal our intellectual property, we will go after them. ”
In addition to Qualcomm having initiated these proceedings, it also filed a request with the United States International Trade Commission (International Trade Commission, or ITC) to ban the import of iPhones equipped with the processors of its rival, Intel. The same had happened in July, when the manufacturer asked that only iPhones and iPads equipped with its chips should reach American lands.
It seems that everything was premeditated, because it is already the third day in a row that companies sue. However, as orchestrated as it may seem, Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's attorney general, said that such proceedings take time to prepare:
You cannot react so quickly to initiate legal proceedings. We were developing the filing of three new district court cases in San Diego today, and a new ITC case in Washington. These involve a group of 16 patents that are additional to which we have already sued, and 5 of those 16 are those we are suing at ITC, seeking an exclusion order.
The old fight, but with the number of lawsuits they are facing simultaneously, this soap opera should not end so soon