Decided not to pursuit
The four year legal battle is over. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided not to appeal the 9th Circuit's decision, against the claim that Qualcomm's business model and practice were anti-competitive. To refresh your memory, the verdict that included a vote from three judges was unanimous in Qualcomm's favor.
Qualcomm has the 5G patent quality lead
5G has already started happening in many parts of the world. Early adopters have already started rolling out their 5G networks in 2019, while there will be a lot more traction in 2020. Years before 5G started to materialize, many companies had to come up with very smart ideas on how to make 5G possible. Some of the obvious elephants in the room a few years back were the ability to make things much faster, how to reduce latency and how to make mmWave work.
Judge recommends ban on some iPhones
ITC Judge MaryJoan McNamara has declared some verdicts. Apple is infringing one of three patents and she recommends a ban on iPhones manufactured in China being imported into the USA. This is a hardware patent 674 and it doesn’t look that there is a quick workaround.
Investigative dive: Apple or 3400 distributors cannot sell 7 or 8
Qualcomm has posted a bond to enforce an iPhone 7 / 8 Germany ban and affecting immediately Apple or its 3400 distributors which are not allowed to sell, distributive or import iPhone 7 or 8 and plus variants of both. Apple has been in dispute with Qualcomm over licensing and lost the hardware patent case in a German court in Munich on December 20th, 2018. After Qualcomm posted a bond, the permanent injunction is immediately enforceable.
Deeper dive: Germany can even arrest executives
Last week’s ruling in a district court in Munich, Germany is about a hardware patent named tracking envelope and it affects the iPhone 7, 8 and 8 Plus. This is a tough defeat for Apple as while it can issue an OS update and remove the features in software and fix the China ruling, it cannot stop using Qualcomm hardware patents in German phones.
Investigation: Ban stays during 10 days “appeal”
Monday was a busy day for both Apple and Qualcomm as the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China has granted Qualcomm’s request for two preliminary injunctions against four Chinese subsidiaries of Apple Inc., ordering them to immediately cease infringing upon two Qualcomm patents through the unlicensed importation, sale and offers for sale in China of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Qualcomm patent infringement
Today is a big day in the tech industry especially for Qualcomm and Apple as after years of legal battle, a Chinese court decided that Apple is infringing two Qualcomm’s patents, resulting in the immediate ban of import and sale and offers for sale for various phones.
CEO Steve Mollenkopf confirms
In a chat with CNBC, Qualcomm’s CEO confirmed that it and Apple are on the doorstep of a resolution of multi quarter licensing related issues. What CNBC didn’t tell you is that Apple doesn’t want to pay Qualcomm a tiny amount of money as it wants a special and favorable deal.
Supremes rule that your company will have to face US Justice
The United States has decided that its justice system is so superior to everyone else's that if a US company thinks you have used its patented technology you will have to travel across the planet to defend yourself in one of its kangaroo courts.