Shortly after the announcement of the iPhone X in September, my colleague Natasha Lomas famous the similarities between the cellphone and the way WebOS operated on the Palm Pre. She ended her article, noting “within the iPhone X it’s clear you’re taking a look at a bit of ghost of the Pre.”
It appears that evidently Qualcomm’s authorized workforce was taking word; they cited that line in a grievance alleging that Apple ripped off Palm’s patented interface.
Within the newest escalation of the practically year-long authorized battle, Qualcomm filed three complaints Wednesday in U.S. District Court docket alleging violations on 16 completely different Qualcomm patents by Apple, some associated to RF transceivers and power-saving measures, some associated to multi-touch shows and a few associated to the improvements of Palm.
Why does Qualcomm care about Palm? Nicely, in 2014 Qualcomm purchased a bunch of Palm patents from HP, some apparently associated to the corporate’s design selections for WebOS and the Pre. Within the grievance, Qualcomm particularly alleges that Apple copied the working system’s “playing cards” design interface.
Different alleged patent violations embody the performance to reply to a name with a textual content as an alternative of answering, the flexibility to refocus the digicam by tapping on the display screen and the thought to pull a number of makes use of out of the ability button, together with ending a name.
“All of those Palm innovations—owned by Qualcomm—have vastly improved the performance of cellular gadgets and the person expertise, and all of them are broadly present in Apple merchandise with out license or permission,” the grievance reads.
These are accusation certain to piss off Cupertino.
Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner wasn’t believed to be too pleased when the Pre surfaced as we famous within the September story. “We don’t thoughts competitors, but when others rip off our mental property, we’ll go after them,” Cook dinner stated of rivals throughout a 2009 earnings name. Many took this as a dig at Palm.
Many of those applied sciences really feel important to most fashionable smartphones, however issues are getting private for Qualcomm, which is taking part in David in a significant authorized battle with Apple, which has possible contributed to curbing income on the know-how agency. Practically a 12 months in the past, Apple filed a $1 billion swimsuit in opposition to Qualcomm and proceeded to chop off royalty funds whereas encouraging its suppliers to do the identical.
All of the whereas, Apple has reportedly been constructing iPhone prototypes that eradicate utilization of Qualcomm applied sciences altogether.
Qualcomm has remained defiant, difficult Apple on alleged patent violations. The rhetoric has been sturdy, too; on this grievance, Qualcomm says that Apple’s merchandise “would lose a lot of their shopper attraction” with out Qualcomm applied sciences.