Apple Lose $31 Million Patent Dispute To Qualcomm

Apple Lose $31 Million Patent Dispute To Qualcomm

Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, told Reuters in a statement, "Although the Court today did not view Apple's conduct as a breach of Apple's promises to Qualcomm in the 2013 Business Cooperation and Patent Agreement, the exposure of Apple's role in these events is a welcome development".

This lawsuit has been filed since July 2017, which means that it has nearly been two full years since the companies has been conflict.

During the trial, Qualcomm asked the jury to award it royalties of up to $1.41 per infringing iPhone. We're not sure that Apple would agree with that sentiment but first blood has been drawn by Qualcomm the patent litigation case continues.

A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California has found that Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X infringe two Qualcomm patents, U.S. Patent No. 8,838,949, and U.S. Patent No. 9,535,90, and Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X infringe Qualcomm's U.S. Patent No. 8,633,936.

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Apple previously has argued that Qualcomm's practice of getting a cut from the selling price of a device in exchange for patent licenses while still getting paid for its chips is rather unfair and illegal. The companies had a falling out in 2016 when Qualcomm - which had been the exclusive supplier of iPhone chipsets for five years - halted quarterly royalty rebates it had been paying Apple.

The verdict sets the stage for a bigger trial in April between the two companies next month in San Diego.

Maxell further noted in their filing that six of the patents in the case against Apple (6,748,317; 8,339,493; 7,116,438; 6,408,193; 6,928,306; and 6,329,794) were previously and successfully asserted in the District court against Huawei Device Co., Ltd., Huawei Device USA, Inc., ZTE (USA), Inc., ZTE Corporation, and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Maxell believed that the parties could reach a mutually beneficial solution and to that end considered a potential business transaction and continued to answer multiple inquiries from Apple over the course of several years, including communicating with Apple as recently as late 2018.

Friday's verdict is a relatively small win for Qualcomm, financially speaking, that's adjacent to the two larger cases. But it does not say much about the value of Qualcomm's entire patent portfolio and was unlikely to spark settlements discussions, he said. The judge's decision will be on pause until after a trial in the case.

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