Apple Says Qualcomm Patented a Tech That Its Former Engineer Helped Create
In its ongoing legal trial with Qualcomm in a San Diego court in the U.S., Apple claimed that one of its former engineers played a key role in inventing the tech that Qualcomm went ahead and patented and believes Apple has infringed upon.
Despite key contributions from Apple’s former engineer Arjuna Siva, Qualcomm secured a patent for the tech without giving any credit to him.
The tech revolves around how quickly a phone connects to the internet after booting up. As per Apple, their engineer Arjuna Siva came up with the idea before the release of the first iPhone in 2011 featuring a Qualcomm chip. Apple and Qualcomm were then working on a modem that met its requirements and could be used in its devices.
Apple says that while the two companies were in discussions, then-Apple engineer Arjuna Siva came up with the idea that Qualcomm would later patent. Siva, who now works at Google, will testify later in the trial.
“Does Qualcomm believe in giving credit where credit is due?” Apple’s counsel, Joseph Mueller of Wilmer Hale, asked Monday.
When asked as to what contributions Arjuna Siva made, Qualcomm’s director of engineering Stephen Haenichen replied with “Nothing at all.” He added that Qualcomm was asked by Apple to build something they have never done before in a very short time. And when Qualcomm managed to do it, they knew they were going to change the way how modems were built.
Apple’s counsel wants to prove the point that Qualcomm is hasty and careless in its approach to filing patents. It pays employees $1,500 when they file a patent application and another $1,500 when the patent is issued. Qualcomm argues that the monetary incentive is a way for the company to encourage their engineers to work with lawyers and file patents who otherwise simply prefer to code and build.
With the trial between Apple and Qualcomm set to run until next week, we are likely going to see the two companies make some more revelations about their behavior and business practices.
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