QUALCOMM SUES APPLE OVER PHONES
Qualcomm Inc. is suing Apple Inc. for patent infringement, the latest volley in an increasingly bitter legal battle over whether Apple should pay for Qualcomm technology used in the iPhone.
The chipmaker claims that Apple infringes six patents covering various aspects of mobile phone technology. Qualcomm is also asking the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington to stop versions of the iPhone that aren’t built with its chips from entering the country.
Qualcomm’s legal strategy has two aims: increase pressure on Apple to pay up, and demonstrate that the San Diego-based chipmaker still makes cutting-edge technology rather than milking old inventions, as Apple has charged.