Qualcomm's Efforts to Ban iPhone Imports Gets Underway
A new trial between Qualcomm and Apple has begun at the U.S. International Trade Commission this week. In this case, Qualcomm is seeking to ban the import of Apple iPhones over patent violations. Qualcomm alleges that the iPhone's Intel-based modem violates two of its patents, and Apple's method for putting iPhones to sleep violates a third. Apple and Qualcomm are at war. Apple has accused Qualcomm of unfair licensing practices, while Qualcomm has targeted Apple for patent violations. In a separate case, an administrative law judge at the FTC found Apple to be violating a Qualcomm patent and called for a ban. The full ITC panel is evaluating that early decision and will make a final ruling next month. Import bans are rare and Apple would be able to appeal the decision. As Reuters points out, Qualcomm is suing Apple in civil court over the same patents in this newer case. The ITC case is seen as a litmus test for the strength of those patents. A win at the ITC would bolster Qualcomm's civil case against Apple.
Apr 22, 2019
A new option has appeared in Google Pay that lets it automatically, continuously import "passes" (including tickets and loyalty cards) from emails received in Gmail. The option is disabled by default, but is available now for most users within the Google Pay app, under Settings > General > Gmail imports.
Dec 13, 2018
The U.S. International Trade Commission plans to review an earlier ruling that found Apple guilty of infringing on a Qualcomm patent, but did not seek to ban iPhone imports.
Mar 1, 2019
Excel for phones now lets users import table data directly into spreadsheets from a photo taken with the phone's camera. Microsoft announced the feature last September.
Sep 28, 2018
Apple met with another round of reprieve today thanks to the U.S. International Trade Commission.