Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Apple’s Lawsuit Requesting Cancellation of Few Qualcomm Patents
In 2017, Qualcomm sued Apple for infringing several Qualcomm patents for cellular technology for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Both companies had taken legal action against the other, and Apple went to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the Patent and Trademark Office to challenge the validity of Qualcomm’s patents. The Appeals Committee ruled in favor of Qualcomm and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dismissed Apple’s appeal last year based on the Apple-Qualcomm settlement.
In associating its position with the judges, Qualcomm argued that Apple had not suffered any specific harm that would give it legal authority to ask the court to reject Qualcomm’s patents. Last month, President Joe Biden suggested that the Supreme Court reject Apple’s request to appeal. And in this situation, the court gave the president what he wanted.
Apple hopes to use a 5G modem it designed itself, and top TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said Apple will debut its own 5G modem with the 2023 iPhone 15 series. Kuo said Apple’s decision to use a specially designed 5G modem for the iPhone will hit Qualcomm hard. The analyst notes that Qualcomm may need to include MediaTek for modem orders in the mid to low end of the Android market.