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  • Apple and Others Accused of Infringing Upon RF Technology Patents Held by ParkerVision


    An RF technologies research and development firm, ParkerVision, recently filed a US International Trade Commission complaint and an accompanying lawsuit against Apple, Samsung, LG and Qualcomm for allegedly infringing upon certain wireless networking patents. In both the ITC complaint and Florida District Court lawsuit, ParkerVision asserts wireless transceivers manufactured by Qualcomm and Samsung infringe upon four wireless networking patents. The company is claiming that these tech companies all use an iteration of the alleged infringing Qualcomm chip in their mobile products while Samsung faces further scrutiny for its in-house Shannon 928 RF Silicon.

    To be more specific, ParkerVision is leveraging US Patent Nos. 6,879,817, 7,929,638, 8,571,135 and 9,118,528, each dealing with radio frequency technology and its implementation in hardware solutions. It should be noted that the Florida-based firm is already engaged in a separate lawsuit involving Qualcomm and Samsung over similar patents. The company originally first entered its rendezvous with Qualcomm in 2011 but has little to show for its efforts. In 2013, a Florida jury found Qualcomm in infringement and awarded ParkerVision $173 million in damages but the ruling was later overturned. As for the most recent filings, the ITC complaint asks for an embargo on imports and sales of infringing products, though the lawsuit seeks as-yet-unspecific damages. For Apple, the list of named devices includes iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2 and “many other products.”

    For those of you who didn’t know, ParkerVision is a publicly traded company’s specializing in wireless chip designs that was founded in 1989. Although a handful of products are listed on its website, ParkerVision’s main source of revenue has been and continues to be technology licensing, though that well is quickly running dry. In an effort to stay solvent, the company has been turned to enforcing patents in court. There are many things that are looking bleak for ParkerVision, however, as a recent quarterly report showed only $5,500 in revenue on one service contract for the nine months ending in September. According to the company, ParkerVision informed investors that cost reduction measures, layoffs, patent enforcement lawsuits, technology licenses and product sales won’t cover operational expenses for 2015.

    We’ll have to see how things turn out for ParkerVision by being patient.

    Source: Scribd (1) (2), Bloomberg (1) (2) via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple and Others Accused of Infringing Upon RF Technology Patents Held by ParkerVision started by Akshay Masand View original post