Apple Infringed Three Qualcomm Patents, Jury Finds
Apple Infringed Three Qualcomm Patents, Jury Finds
Apple Loses Patent Case to Qualcomm: Here’s What It Means
17 March, 2019, 11:03
The outcome boosts Qualcomm's contention that its technology provides significant value to smartphones beyond the basic ability to connect to a telecommunications network.
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. Billions of dollars are at stake in that trial, which goes to the heart of the licensing dispute between the tech giants. The judge said that Qualcomm is obligated to pay Apple almost $1 billion in rebated royalties that it promised to pay Apple as long as the company didn't attack the chip maker in court or to regulators. Another helps conserve the amount of battery power consumed by the graphics processor when in use, and the third covers how traffic flows between the app processor and the modem on a handset. That case, which is going to trial in Qualcomm's backyard of San Diego, will have a judge deciding it Apple must hand over royalty payments to Qualcomm for its iPhones.
"The technologies invented by Qualcomm and others are what made it possible for Apple to enter the market and become so successful so quickly", Qualcomm general counsel Don Rosenberg said in a statement.
"The three patents found to be infringed in this case represent just a small fraction of Qualcomm's valuable portfolio of tens of thousands of patents", Rosenberg said in a statement.
Call it Schrodinger's Fortune: A U.S. District Court judge decided on Thursday that Qualcomm owes Apple almost $1 billion in rebate payments, Reuters reports. Despite the award, when you consider the $1 billion that Qualcomm will have to rebate to Apple, the latter ended up approximately $969 million in the black.
Qualcomm also suffered a setback with USA trade regulators who found that some iPhones infringed one of the San Diego-based company's patents but declined to bar their importation into the United States, citing the damage such a move would inflict on rival Intel Corp.
"Next month's case on licensing [between Apple and Qualcomm] will affect billions of dollars in fees that Apple and most phone vendors pay Qualcomm", Greengart said. A judge in San Jose has yet to rule on the antitrust allegations following a 10-day non-jury trial in January. Apple wasn't so lucky in Germany, where a Munich court blocked the sales of certain older iPhones that use chips from Intel.
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