The suit Qualcomm against Apple is entering a new round: Apple has now opened another scene and now trying to have some patents of the chip manufacturer Qualcomm invalidated.
This is reported by the news agency Bloomberg. The two US companies have been arguing for years about the amount of licenses that Apple has to pay Qualcomm for the use of mobile chipsets in the iPhone and the iPad.
There are also some "side wars", because while Qualcomm demands money and reached a settlement ban on Apple devices until the dispute settlement, the iPhone giant defends itself with counterclaims. Now it goes according to Bloomberg in the patent court.
Procedure also starts in Germany
Billions of dollars are at stake, according to the report. In one case, a hearing is underway at the US International Trade Commission in Washington. In addition, there are further proceedings in China and Germany, which are expected to start at the end of this year.
Apple is now trying that the Patent Office canceled four Qualcomm patents. The main argument is that the patents in question do not cover new ideas and that they have to be classified as so-called trivial patents. The four patents are a key component of the recent patent infringement lawsuit that Qualcomm filed against Apple in California in 2017.
It's all about these patents
The contested patents include options for automatically focusing a digital camera in the smartphone, the combination of telephone and personal digital assistants, touch sensitive displays, and circuit memories.
Qualcomm has already publicly responded to the new lawsuit before the US International Trade Commission. "These kinds of challenges are not uncommon in US patent litigation," said Qualcomm representative Don Rosenberg. "We believe in the validity of our patents, which continues to hurt Apple".