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Patents: Qualcomm wants to ban the sale of iPhones

Patents: Qualcomm wants to ban the sale of iPhones
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In the patent dispute between Apple & Qualcomm is about the techniques that serves to improve the energy efficiency of the smartphones. Now, Qualcomm wants to achieve an import ban on Apple’s iPhone that affects also Germany. Thus, the licensing dispute between the two technical giants has now also arrived at German courts. The US chip maker filed lawsuits against Apple in Mannheim and Munich. According to the blog Foss Patents, Qualcomm wants to achieve an import ban on iPhones in Germany.

In contrast to the lawsuits pending in the USA, Qualcomm is not only against iPhones with Intel chips. The import ban is to apply to all iPhones, including those in which Qualcomm chips are installed. According to Foss Patents, Apple in Germany officially offers only devices with Intels baseband chips.

Affected patents
The two patents with which Qualcomm intends to comply with the ban on imports and sales describe a technique for improving the energy efficiency of mobile devices. Patent 8.698.558 deals with a technique for optimizing the power consumption of the antenna as a function of the data to be transmitted. The patent 9608.675, in turn, refers to a “data super-highway”, which combines many data channels, thus reducing the power consumption for data transmissions that require a high bandwidth.

“In Munich and Mannheim, Qualcomm has filed patent infringement lawsuits for iPhones imported into Germany or sold here. We see this step forced because Apple continues to use Qualcomm’s technology and refuses to pay for it, “says Don Rosenberg, Vice President & Chief Justice of Qualcomm in a widely publicized statement.

“The deferral activities concern the sale of the latest Apple iPhones in Germany and their importation. The inventions of Qualcomm are at the center of every iPhone and extend far beyond modem technologies and mobile phone standards. The patent infringements, which we claim in Munich and Mannheim, concern two technologies that are important for iPhone functions. They are not standard-essential patents and are therefore not subject to the FRAND licensing obligations, “the Qualcomm statement continues.

Suppliers against Qualcomm
On Wednesday, four Apple suppliers rose at the behest of Apple the pressure on Qualcomm. Foxconn, Compal, Wistron, and Pegatron accuse the chip maker of infringements of the US antitrust laws of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Qualcomm is to abuse its dominant position in the market for smartphone chips, to force buyers of its chips to sign license agreements and at the same time place excessive license requirements. Apple confirmed against the Reuters news agency that it would support the legal dispute of its suppliers financially. The Apple suppliers respond to a complaint submitted by Qualcomm in May. You should retain license agreements with Qualcomm in consultation with Apple.

Criticism of Qualcomm
The chip maker Qualcomm is almost worldwide because of its license agreements in the criticism. In December 2016, the South Korean cartel authorities condemned the company to pay $ 854 million. But also the EU and the US trade authority FTC against the Qualcomm. The latter assumes that the company is pursuing a “no licenses, no chips” policy. As a result, only companies that license certain technologies from Qualcomm also receive the processors from the leading provider of smartphone CPUs.

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