The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today in a case involving Qualcomm that Qualcomm’s patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, Google and other tech giants amounts to a national-security threat.
The court’s decision could have a major impact on the way the tech giants handle the technology that powers their mobile devices.
The case, Microsoft v., Qualcomm, involved a claim that Qualcomm infringed a patent for a process to analyze and interpret data from a user’s mobile device.
The Supreme’s decision is expected to affect hundreds of millions of devices and could result in a lot of headaches for technology companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.
Here’s what you need to know about the case: What is the Qualcomm patent?
Qualcomm is a chip maker that has developed chips that power millions of mobile devices worldwide.
It was founded in 2002 by Ericsson.
In 2012, Qualcomm’s CEO and co-founder, Vinod Khosla, left the company.
The company is based in Sunnyvale, California.
A Qualcomm spokesperson said in a statement that Khoslea was “grateful to his colleagues and the rest of the Qualcomm family for their continued support of Qualcomm’s mission to innovate, advance, and create the world’s most secure mobile network.”
The court said that “this is a patent claim that has no legitimate connection to the subject matter” of the lawsuit.
Qualcomm argued that Apple, which had developed its own chip to analyze data from smartphones and tablets, and Google and Facebook were infringing on its patent.
Qualcomm also said it was seeking damages for Apple’s use of its technology to analyze the information it collects.
How does it work?
Qualcomm uses a technique known as “synthesizing” to analyze information from a smartphone or tablet and then “unstructured” or “instructed” that information.
The process of “sythesizing,” which is an example of what the court called a “patent troll,” involves using information from multiple sources to identify a “pattern of infringement” in a technology and then trying to track down the individual inventor of that technology.
How many people are involved?
In the case, Qualcomm was seeking $25 million in damages.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Qualcomm said in court filings that the lawsuit was filed “in bad faith.”
They said the patents were invalid and Qualcomm had engaged in “a fraudulent, fraudulent and illegal” lawsuit.
The companies said the case was filed without a single expert witness or independent third party.
How is it different from other cases?
For example, the Supreme Court did not address the question of whether the technology being analyzed is patented.
The decision will likely cause a lot more headaches for tech companies that have invested heavily in developing new technologies that power their devices.
Apple has argued that it’s not a patent holder.
But that argument has been used to try to make Apple’s own technology more difficult to use.
The question of who owns the technology is a big one, because a lot depends on the particular patent.
For example: Apple uses a process called “syndication” to process data from one iPhone to another.
The technique involves using data from the phone’s microphone and camera to create a video image.
A phone company then sends that video to Apple’s servers, which then processes that image, creating a picture of a person’s face.
The image is then sent to a server where it’s analyzed by a computer.
Apple said the technology “is a patented technology and the process of generating a picture from this copyrighted video is patent pending.”
Microsoft has argued the technique is not patentable because the technique involves an intermediary company that is not involved in the creation of the picture.
In addition, Microsoft said the technique was not patented because it involved a computer that was not Apple.
Apple and Google argued that the technique involved software that was developed by Microsoft and used by other companies.
The justices agreed that “the process is patented, but there is no indication that this process was patented by Microsoft.”
Apple, Microsoft, Google, Qualcomm and Qualcomm argued in court papers that Apple’s patents are invalid because the patents are not in a high-volume, high-value market and the methods are not a form of patent infringement.
What’s the legal status of the patent?
The Supreme said the court would consider the validity of Qualcomm claims based on its analysis of the patents and the technology in question.
But the decision will have broad implications for other patents, such as those that Google, Microsoft or others are seeking in the case.
The patent will likely be challenged in court, and Qualcomm will likely argue that the technology does not violate its patents.
What happens next?
The decision comes as the tech companies have been scrambling to get more patents approved by the Patent Office.
The new rules will allow them to ask the Supreme to review the patent validity before the patent becomes invalid.
This process could happen as early as April, the court said.
Qualcomm is asking for $5 billion in damages for the infringement