As the court battle over iPhone patent licensing royalties resentments continues, semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm has recently filed a new lawsuit against the Cupertino-headquartered technology giant Apple, this time the former is attempting to fend off the latter from mass-producing and selling iPhones in the Chinese market. Though Qualcomm have formerly tried to stave off Apple from importing iPhones to the United States, taking strides to thwart the iPhone mass-manufacturing operating — which are mostly happens in China — plainly renders an escalations of conflicts between the two US technology firms.
Originally reported by Ian King of the Bloomberg, The chip maker’s latest lawsuit filed against Apple centers on three Qualcomm patented technologies the latter is allegedly employing on the iPhone.
Qualcomm’s suits are based on three non-standard essential patents, it said. They cover power management and a touch-screen technology called Force Touch that Apple uses in current iPhones, Qualcomm said.
The inventions “are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits,” Trimble said.
Qualcomm has made the lawsuit filings at the Beijing court on September 29, but the legal venue has not yet made them public. Apple and Qualcomm are months into a legal battle that focuses on the latter’s technology licensing business. While the chip maker firm accumulates the larger part of its sales figures from manufacturing smartphone chips, it the company is also making most of its profit from charging fees for patents that blanket the standard-essentials of all modern handheld devices structures.
As for why these two companies are fighting it out in courts across the globe, it all originated from simple royalty fees. The royalty payments the Cupertino owes the Snapdragon SoC processor maker are based from a percentage of the total selling price tag of a certain iPhone model. The iPhone maker claims that this type of computation immensely blows up the finances it owes. Instead, Apple said that the royalty payments it owed to Qualcomm should be based on the actual cost of the technology only.
While the case may be settled on the future, however it doesn’t look like either tech firm is prepared to back down their legal battle anytime soon.