Supreme Court blocks Apple bid to invalidate Qualcomm patents
The Supreme Court refuses to hear Apple’s suit seeking the cancellation of a pair of Qualcomm patents
In 2017, Qualcomm sued Apple accusing it of infringing on various Qualcomm mobile-technology patents for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Both companies had taken legal action against the other and Apple went to the Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board to challenge the validity of Qualcomm’s patents. The Appeal Board 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 relating its position to the justices, Qualcomm argued that Apple had not suffered any specific injury that would give it legal standing to ask the court to dismiss Qualcomm’s patents. Last month, President Joe Biden suggested to the Supreme Court that it reject Apple’s request to appeal. And in this situation, the court gave the president what he wanted.
Apple has been hoping to use a 5G modem that it itself designed and top TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple will debut its own 5G modem with the 2023 iPhone 15 series. Kuo said that Apple’s decision to use a custom designed 5G modem for the iPhone will hit Qualcomm hard. The analyst notes that Qualcomm might have to end up taking on MediaTek for modem orders in the mid-to-low-end of the Android market.