The battle between Apple and Qualcomm continues, with the latter company firing the latest volley.
Back in May of this year it was reported that Qualcomm was going to be seeking an import ban for the United States against the iPhone, but nothing came of that particular line of reporting at the time. Since then, Qualcomm had come forward and said that the iPhone, Apple’s bread and butter, was only possible because of the technology it provided to Apple.
Now, though, Qualcomm has officially moved forward with a patent infringement case against Apple, filing it with the FCC in the U.S. Specifically, Qualcomm is stating that Apple has infringed against six of its patents, saying that each is “vital to iPhone functions.”
“Qualcomm’s inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm. “The patents we are asserting represent six important technologies, out of a portfolio of thousands, and each is vital to iPhone functions. Apple continues to use Qualcomm’s technology while refusing to pay for it. These lawsuits seek to stop Apple’s infringement of six of our patented technologies.”
Qualcomm continues to state that the iPhone is only possible because of Qualcomm technologies, saying that Apple uses it without paying for it. As a result, Qualcomm is seeking out regulators to classify specifically which iPhone models uses cellular processors from companies other than Qualcomm, and then to ban those devices as they use technology that would violate Qualcomm’s patents.
For its part, Apple has yet to make a statement regarding Qualcomm’s latest filing.[via Qualcomm]