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Apple Goes Hard After Samsung on Patents, But Won’t Pay Qualcomm for Theirs

The iPhone maker wants $1 billion from Samsung for design patents but faces a lawsuit with chip supply Qualcomm for using 16 patents without permission.

By NTK Staff | 05.17.2018 @9:27am
Apple Goes Hard After Samsung on Patents, But Won’t Pay Qualcomm for Theirs

Tech giants Apple and Samsung found themselves back in the courtroom Tuesday to address damages owed to Apple for Samsung infringing on design and utility patents.

Apple is seeking $1 billion from Samsung, which is the amount of profit made by Samsung from selling millions of phones with the infringed patent technology. Meanwhile, Samsung is trying to limit the damages to just the components that were infringed — $28 million.

The basic question for the jury is: Should Samsung have to pay damages on the whole device or just the components that were infringed? Samsung says the latter — and is urging the jury to limit damages to $28 million.

The problem with Apple’s position is it’s hypocritical. Apple is demanding $1 billion from Samsung while it refuses to pay chip supplier Qualcomm for patents it uses in wireless devices. In November 2017, Qualcomm sued Apple for using 16 Qualcomm patents without permission:

Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) said on Thursday it filed three new patent infringement complaints against Apple Inc (AAPL.O), saying there were 16 more of its patents that Apple was using in its iPhones.

That followed a July 2017 lawsuit in which Qualcomm accused Apple of using its technology while refusing to pay for it:

In its press release, Qualcomm’s chief counsel, Don Rosenberg, said the patents “represent six important technologies” that are each “vital to the functioning of the iPhone.”

Rosenberg added, “Apple continues to use Qualcomm’s technology while refusing to pay for it.”

To use a car analogy, Apple is accusing Samsung of stealing its body design, while ignoring Qualcomm, who is accusing Apple of stealing its engine. In the grand scheme of things, the engine is far more important to the functionality of the car than body design.

The Apple vs. Samsung case is being decided by a jury in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).

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