Patent Troll Sues Apple and Qualcomm for Alleged Patent Infringement Associated to 5G Transceivers
Remember when Apple and Qualcomm sued each other for alleged patent infringement every day? Apple was so desperate to find a source for 5G modem chips that it was willing to put the farm on a 5G modem chip that Intel was developing when it really wanted the component made by Qualcomm. In the middle of the opening speech during a process between the two companies, an announcement was made that changed everything.
Patent Troll goes to both Apple and Qualcomm
Apple and Qualcomm said they reached an agreement that dropped all lawsuits on both sides. In addition, the parties agreed on a six-year chip license agreement with an option for a further two years and a multi-year chip supply agreement. Apple paid Qualcomm a total of $ 4.5 billion and everyone was happy.
Qualcomm recently introduced the Snapdragon X60 5G modem chip
However, it appears that a problem has arisen despite this time Apple and Qualcomm are working together against a patent holding (aka patent troll) called Red Rock. According to AppleInsider, the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging that Qualcomm 5G radio transceivers (models SMR526, SDR865, and SDX55M) infringe a patent owned by Red Rock. The lawsuit also alleges that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models use technology that violates Red Rock’s patent because the phones are equipped with Qualcomm’s 5G modems. According to court records, US Patent No. 7,346,313 is owned by the plaintiff. “This patent describes a system for calibrating the balance of in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) signals in radio transceivers.” Red Rock claims that both Apple and Qualcomm were already aware of the “313” patent and that Qualcomm was notified of it at least three times between 2008 and 2011.
According to Red Rock, the actions taken by Apple and Qualconn “were and are knowingly, premeditated, and outrageous and constitute a willful infringement of” intellectual property “. If the court agrees and says Red Rock, the defendant’s actions were willful , The amount of the damage ascertained against both companies could be tripled.
Qualcomm presented its new 5G modem chip, the Snapdragon X60, back in February. And it is created using the 5nm process node. The modem chip provides data speeds over a sub-6 GHz spectrum at 5 Gbps and higher, while using the mmWave spectrum generates data speeds of 7.5 Gbps or higher.