Qualcomm Vs iPhone complaints in Germany
The patent dispute between Apple and Qualcomm escalates. Now the Chiphersteller also laments two German dishes. It's about technology in the current iPhone.The chip maker Qualcomm in his dispute with Apple now also in Germany in court. In Mannheim and Munich complaints were filed with the allegation of infringement of a patent, Qualcomm announced on Wednesday. Qualcomm wants an import stop for iPhones to reach Germany and also demands compensation.
After several years of pause - at that time Apple and Samsung - argued again, Germany is once again the site of a high-voltage patent conflict in the mobile communications industry. Compared to the American courts, the German courts are considered to be much faster in decision-making and friendly patents. Qualcomm's vice president and chief justice, Don Rosenberg, said in a conversation with the DPA that his company is similar: "Germany has a particularly attractive legal system for those who believe in the right to property." The courts are also known for strict enforcement.
Thus, the lawsuit in Germany could simply be a pressure against Apple on an out-of-court agreement. According to the economic week, it would take at least a year to a real sales stop anyway, which is why the sales start of the upcoming next iPhones would not be endangered.
Controversy since January
Qualcomm chips ensure the wireless connection in many smartphones. With Apple argues the Californians since January in court. First, Apple complained about the accusation that the semiconductor specialist demanded too much for patent licensing. The chip maker replied with a counterclaim and accused Apple, among other things, of distorting facts and inciting regulators in the US and Asia to attacks. Less than two weeks ago, Qualcomm followed suit. This concerns the allegation of infringement of six patents.
Apple is particularly dissatisfied with the fact that Qualcomm wants to have its license fees as a percentage of the device price. The iPhone group argued that it was their own innovations that made the phones more expensive, while the value of the communications chips remained the same.
Qualcomm contends: On the one hand, this is the industry-standard approach to patent licensing. On the other hand, its innovations used by Apple far exceeded communication semiconductors. The patent complaints in Germany should also disprove the "nonsense of Apple" that Qualcomm does not contribute any further innovations to other areas, said Rosenberg.
Qualcomm's CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, said earlier this week that experience shows that such conflicts would ultimately be traded rather by talk rather than by court proceedings. Rosenberg also commented: "Processes are not the best way to resolve conflicts between companies." At the same time, Qualcomm had no problem with the value of his patents in court by independent third parties. In essence, however, Qualcomm had not been a complaining company and had been brought into the dispute with Apple's lawsuit. "We have taken a very selective approach to defending our intellectual property."
In the lawsuits in Germany, similar to the USA, patents are about technology that makes devices more efficient and powerful, said Rosenberg. He emphasized that no patents pertaining to the basic technical standards were granted. Special rules and licenses apply to such patents, they must be granted at "fair" conditions and without discrimination. That is why they can not obtain sales bans with them.
At the same time, there are relatively new patents in the German lawsuits, which are not yet covered by license agreements between Qualcomm and Apple's contract manufacturers, Rosenberg said. "The patent infringements, which we claim in Munich and Mannheim, concern two technologies that are important for iPhone functions," the official press release said. Qualcomm also argues in court with the producers, who no longer make payments - because they get no money from Apple for it. The iPhone Group is legally contributing to the company's conflicts.
Qualcomm is already under increasing pressure because regulators in Europe, the USA and South Korea are taking a close look at the Group's business model and, in some cases,