Apple and Qualcomm face lawsuit over patent infringement on 5G chips

Apple and Qualcomm are facing a lawsuit as both companies are accused of patent infringement. The lawsuit targets certain technologies that are used by both companies, which infringes on an RF calibration patent.

According to an AppleInsider report, lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas last week. It alleges that a handful of the chip makers wireless transceivers infringe on its patent. Similarly, it further adds that the iPhone 12 series from the Cupertino based giant uses these infringing transceiver technology, as the lineup incorporates Qualcomm’s 5G modems.

To be specific, the lawsuit targets Qualcomm’s SMR526, SDR865, and SDX55M as the infringing products. The party suing both tech giants is Red Rock, who owns these patents. The lawsuit also alleges that both and Qualcomm had prior knowledge of the existing patent, and the lawsuit alleged that Qualcomm had received notices of the existence of the patent at least three times between the years 2008 and 2011.

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Furthermore, the lawsuit states that the actions taken by the iPhone maker and Qualcomm “have been, and continue to be, committed in a knowing willful, and egregious manner and constitute willful infringement of” the intellectual property. At the moment, the complaint seeks a jury trial and a long list of prayers for relief, including enjoinments barring and Qualcomm from infringing on the patent, along with royalty payment and even cover for damages as well.




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