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Apple Accuses Qualcomm of Patent Infringement in Countersuit (reuters.com) 34

From a report: Apple on Wednesday filed a countersuit against Qualcomm, alleging that Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile phone chips that power a wide variety of Android-based devices infringe on Apple's patents, the latest development in a long-running dispute. Qualcomm in July accused Apple of infringing several patents related to helping mobile phones get better battery life. Apple has denied the claims that it violated Qualcomm's battery life patents and alleged that Qualcomm's patents were invalid, a common move in such cases. But on Wednesday, in a filing in U.S. District Court in San Diego, Apple revised its answer to Qualcomm's complaint with accusations of its own. Apple alleges it owns at least eight battery life patents that Qualcomm has violated.

Apple Accuses Qualcomm of Patent Infringement in Countersuit

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  • by Artagel ( 114272 ) on Wednesday November 29, 2017 @10:01AM (#55643465) Homepage

    This action by Apple shows why a company wants patents even if it does not run around enforcing them all the time. It is a war chest for when someone else sues you. Sue IBM for patent infringement? IBM has tens of thousands of patents to sort through to counterattack.

    Blowback can be a bitch.

    • This move seems an usual tactic in a lawsuit: Go after every single thing. Qualcomm accused Apple of violating certain battery patents; Apple counter sues on battery patents they have.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by geekmux ( 1040042 )

      This action by Apple shows why a company wants patents even if it does not run around enforcing them all the time. It is a war chest for when someone else sues you. Sue IBM for patent infringement? IBM has tens of thousands of patents to sort through to counterattack.

      Blowback can be a bitch.

      Here's how we fix this bullshit, perhaps for good.

      Step #1: Audit every patent holder with more than 5,000 patents in their "war chest". Force all patent holders to prove they are actively using their patents.

      Step #2: Any patents merely being held for the purposes of patent warmongering, preventing competition, or stifling innovation will be forced into expiration, and put up for bid.

      Step #3: Sit back and watch as (former) patent holders are forced to spend their (offshore) cash reserves and executive bonus

      • by sl3xd ( 111641 ) on Wednesday November 29, 2017 @11:45AM (#55644053) Journal

        Step #1 falls down immediately. The constitution clearly states that "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." There is no requirement that they exercise that right.

        Step #2 falls down because of the 5th amendment; property can only be seized when it remains property of the US government. For Intellectual property, the well-trodden path is that the government simply infringes on the patent, and decides what it considers a "just" compensation to the patent holder -- the patent doesn't change hands.

        A change of this magnitude literally requires a constitutional amendment, which are pretty hard to pass in the best of circumstances.

        • Step #1 falls down immediately. The constitution clearly states that "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." There is no requirement that they exercise that right.

          The Constitution states that Congress shall have the power to do this. It does not state that Congress is obligated to do this, in every case or in any specific case. If Congress wants to do away with patents entirely, or limit them to X per entity or X per year or whatever, that is well within their jurisdiction. They may not be able to take away patents which have already been granted, but they can certainly refuse to issue new ones.

          • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

            The Constitution states that Congress shall have the power to do this. It does not state that Congress is obligated to do this, in every case or in any specific case. If Congress wants to do away with patents entirely, or limit them to X per entity or X per year or whatever, that is well within their jurisdiction. They may not be able to take away patents which have already been granted, but they can certainly refuse to issue new ones.

            Or considering this has been going on for pretty much since the patent of

        • I question whether patents are actual property, despite the term "intellectual property".This hasn't been tested in the supreme court has it?

      • Or

        Consider patents as taxable assets. Tax based on the value of the patents held - which should be declared - with a surtax for unused patents. No tax avoidance loopholes.

        If you bring out a submarine that you didn't declare for taxes, or sue while declaring the patent is worth a lot more than you paid taxes for.... oooooo, tax avoidance...

        • Or

          Consider patents as taxable assets. Tax based on the value of the patents held - which should be declared - with a surtax for unused patents. No tax avoidance loopholes.

          If you bring out a submarine that you didn't declare for taxes, or sue while declaring the patent is worth a lot more than you paid taxes for.... oooooo, tax avoidance...

          Taxing the obscenely wealthy doesn't work worth a shit for all the things they should normally be paying taxes on. Not sure how you're going to reform that enough to close hundreds of loopholes to make it effective for patents.

          That said, I do like the concept of limiting lawsuit damages to the amount paid in taxes. Helps shine a light on several issues.

          • by phorm ( 591458 )

            That would be the beauty of it, and possibly the anti-loophole. You can do whatever shitty things you want to hide or skip-out on your patent taxes, but if you ever try to *use* those patents it's going to come back at ya.

    • What this actually shows is that Qualacomm has very good patents and Apple is afraid they are going to lose the original lawsuit.

      The vast majority of Apple's patents are design patents. They do hold a few actual patents but not nearly as many as Qualacomm. Qualacomm may be a dick of a company but they are a major contributor to the existence of cellular technology. They own outright CDMA without any FAR conditions on the patents they can charge whatever they want to use the patents. Though I believe Apple h

    • And Qualcomm sued with their patent portfolio because Apple refused to pay license fee's?

    • An unattainable ideal, at least in a large publicly traded company. What starts as a defensive patent portfolio turn into a resource from which the investors are expecting the company to "extract value", therefore forcing the company to use them offensively to try to collect licensing fees.

  • This is the big boys flinging mud at each other. Petty at best? The best outcome for anyone else is not to overthink things and just enjoy the popcorn, since it is going to feel more like an improv contest anyhow.

  • Since when did Apple sell lawnmowers?

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