[JURIST] Qualcomm [corporate website] filed three lawsuits [complaint, PDF; complaint, PDF; complaint, PDF] against Apple [corporate website] Thursday, seeking compensation for alleged patent infringement.
According to Qualcomm, Apple uses technologies that Qualcomm first marketed in the 1990s. Qualcomm claims that they have offered to license their patents to Apple, but it has been refused every time. Ultimately, Qualcomm's suits seek compensation for a variety of these technologies that "drive consumer demand" such as
instinctive instant messaging responses, multi- purpose power buttons, cameras that automatically focus on a desired location, intuitive user interfaces for switching between applications, and interacting with displayed content using gestures, among many others.Qualcomm seeks compensation from this lawsuit due to the mass amounts of patents they own (130,000), the level of research and resources they use to retrieve those payments, the number of people they employ (18,000 in the US), and the 6.5 million square feet of property they use for operations. Their claim is on the basis that a "substantial portion of its revenues and profits [derive from] licensing its intellectual property." These new lawsuits are only a small portion of an ongoing issue between Apple and Qualcomm, where Apple has sought compensation through their own lawsuits.