ParkerVision Sues Apple, Samsung for Patent Infringement

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Apple, along with Samsung, LG, and Qualcomm, is facing a lawsuit from ParkerVision over claims they're infringing on four wireless networking patents the company owns. The company is asking for unspecified damages, and a ban on import and sales for infringing products.

The ParkerVision logo is pretty boring, so we went with a photo of Parker Stevenson insteadThe ParkerVision logo is pretty boring, so we went with a photo of Parker Stevenson instead

ParkerVision named "the Apple iPhone 6, the Apple iPad Air 2, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the LG G3, among others" in its lawsuit. According to the company, the devices use Qualcomm technology that hasn't been properly licensed.

Parker Vision describes itself as a company that "designs, develops and markets its proprietary radio-frequency (RF) technologies, which enable advanced wireless solutions for current and next generation communications networks."

The company filed its lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and also manufactures components based on its patents. That sets ParkerVision apart from many other companies that have targeted Apple in the past because it's a product maker and not just a patent holder.

Apple hasn't commented on ParkerVision's lawsuit.

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Since Apple, Samsung, and LG are using Qualcomm chips in their products, we could see finger pointing back at Qualcomm as a defense. Expect to see the companies try to get ParkerVision's patents declared invalid, too.

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Scott B in DC

It’s all a game and the winners at the end will be the phreaking lawyers!


I suspect this won’t go to trial. Apple and SS will be on the phone pressuring Qualcomm to sort this out ASAP.

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