ITC to probe Apple based on Qualcomm patent claims

Qualcomm said the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has commenced an investigation into Apple based on a complaint filed by Qualcomm on July 7, 2017.

Qualcomm said the investigation will examine whether Apple has engaged in unfair trade practices by importing and selling certain mobile electronic devices, including iPhones and iPads, that infringe one or more claims of six Qualcomm patents.

Qualcomm is requesting that the ITC issue a Limited Exclusion Order to bar importation, and a Cease and Desist Order to bar further sales and marketing in the United States of iPhones and iPads that use cellular baseband processors other than those supplied by Qualcomm’s affiliates.

“Qualcomm is pleased with the ITC’s decision to investigate Apple’s unfair trade practices and the unauthorized importation of products using Qualcomm’s patents,” said Don Rosenberg, general counsel of Qualcomm.

“We look forward to the ITC’s expeditious investigation of Apple’s ongoing infringement of our intellectual property and the accelerated relief that the Commission can provide.”

In addition to the complaint filed with the ITC, Qualcomm said it filed suit against Apple in the US District Court for the Southern District of California alleging that Apple infringes the same six patents in the complaint filed in the ITC.

Qualcomm said it has also sued Apple for patent infringement in Germany. That lawsuit, commenced on July 17, 2017, seeks damages and injunctive relief for iPhones imported into or sold in Germany.