Apple and Qualcomm are in the middle of a lawsuit and now Apple has asked the US patent office to cancel four of Qualcomm’s patents.
The patents in question are part of the lawsuit between the two companies, Apple are looking for the patent office to cancel all four of the patents.
The patents being challenged involve ways to automatically focus a digital camera; a device that functions as both a phone and personal digital assistant; touch-sensitive displays; and circuit memory.
We suspect that Qualcomm may be objecting to Apple’s application to have these four patents made invalid, especially considering they are part of the lawsuit between the two companies. This is something Apple apparently does on a regular basis.
According to the patent office database, Apple has filed a total of 398 petitions to have patents made invalid. It will be interesting to see what the outcome is and whether this will affect the court case between the two companies.