Imagine a world in which every patents would benefit others, improve them, and then spread them. So, as it does the GNU license for Linux, for example. Sounds like disgusting communism? Exactly that the corporations of the world think for years and sue each other merrily. The latest trick: Qualcomm claps Apple because the six clearly use Qualcomm patents in their iPhones.
Qualcomm has now filed a patent infringement complaint at the International Trade Commission (ITC) in the US, as well as the federal court in the Southern District of California, as it is proud to announce in the press release. Apple violates a number of patents, which make the sale of iPhones highly illegal and key functions at all possible.
A rogue, who thinks that this is about genuine patent infringements and not to stop the classic, the sale of smartphones (temporarily) until the matter of money has been settled. Qualcomm has definitely filed a complaint with the ITC, calls for an investigation into the matter and that the import of iPhones into the US is prohibited. Import means, of course, the delivery of iPhones from overseas factories for sale in the US.
In addition, Qualcomm would like to see an arrangement of arrangements that also prohibits the sale, advertising, marketing and any kind of simple “showing” of already delivered Apple devices in the USA. The infringed patents were ultimately essential for the functionality of iPhones and Apple would refuse to pay for their use, according to Don Rosenberg, Executive Vice President and Head of the Legal Department at Qualcomm:
“The patents we are asserting are 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. “
The allegedly infringed patents extend by the extension of the battery life by the exact supply of current to the receiving antenna to the fast start of the Internet connection after the boat. All the megawichtigen things, for the Qualcomm before the federal court, of course, compensation claims to complain. Just as Apple has brought roundings and app icons as a patent infringement to court and other companies similar trivialities.
I do not remember who said it, but this person said: “If the godfather had always worked like today, we would have to pay all the descendants of Isaac Newton royalties for the use of gravity.” For many things Patents are now purely discoveries of physical processes or optimized program code on one chip.
It is rarely enough for the company to protect its Intellectual Property (IP), but to use patents from a market strategy perspective in order to harm the competition. The fact that I hack so here on Qualcomm is only exemplary for how I would have done it at Apple, Samsung and other companies.
Patent law has not been developed to protect the most minimal discoveries, let alone do so only on the ground, in order to be able to sue in court afterwards. Or just suspend the sale temporarily. After that is now said: If Apple actually infringed patent law, it would be quite good, if they pay the corresponding accordingly, but such numbers remain silly.