Apple Found Guilty Of Infringing Three Qualcomm Patents

Apple and Qualcomm have been in a legal battle for quite some time. Then the latest news broke confirming that Jury did find Apple guilty of violating patents and that the iPhone maker owes  Qualcomm Inc approx. $31 million. On Friday, chip manufacturer Qualcomm Inc won the battle in San Diego federal court.

When Did It Start?

Last year, Qualcomm accused Apple of violating patents associated with mobile phones getting better battery life. While the eight-day trial was going on, the chip maker company asked the jury to grant it outstanding patent royalties which were approx.  $1.41 per iPhone that infringe the patents. The USD 31 million penalties being asked to be paid is not a big amount for Apple, it being the second most renowned US company, with USD 866 billion in market cap.

This is not it! Another case was lodged by Apple in 2017, the trial for which will begin in April. Apple has attempted to strike down the allegedly illicit business model of Qualcomm of both selling chips to phone manufacturers and licensing its patents to them. Qualcomm has sued Apple of adopting its technology without paying.

What Qualcomm Has To Say About Its Victory?

After San Diego trial upshot, Don Rosenberg, the Qualcomm executive vice president and general counsel said in a statement, “Today’s unanimous jury verdict is the latest victory in our worldwide patent litigation directed at holding Apple accountable for using our valuable technologies without paying for them. The technologies invented by Qualcomm and others are what made it possible for Apple to enter the market and become so successful so quickly. 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. We are gratified that courts all over the world are rejecting Apple’s strategy of refusing to pay for the use of our IP.

With this win, Qualcomm seems to be on cloud nine and has boasted its importance in Apple’s success. Undoubtedly, the chip maker had its own part to play but this clearly doesn’t mean Apple didn’t contribute.

Also, the statement indicates Qualcomm is finally getting the approval that it always yearns for. This gives the chip manufacturer a hope to win other legal battles against Apple.

What Was Apple’s Reaction On The UpShot?

Apple stated, “Qualcomm’s ongoing campaign of patent infringement claims is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the larger issues they face with investigations into their business practices in U.S. federal court, and around the world.”

Apple neither denied and commented on the statement released by Qualcomm VP but has indicated that Qualcomm is using these petty things to distract the world from bigger swamps the company is in.

Well, this is not the only case against Apple; in another case, Qualcomm has been successful in getting sales of certain iPhone models banned in China and Germany. Although, China ban is still not imposed, and Apple has found a workaround to get the ban in Germany removed.

How It Affected Qualcomm?

Qualcomm bore a complication with the U.S. trade regulators when they got to know some iPhones violated patents of one of the San Diego companies, however, refused to ban their importation into the US, indicating the harm that could strike on competitor Intel Corp.

Qualcomm could use the decision announced this Friday for its trial in April, the reason being per-phone dollar figure on some of the chip maker’s intellectual property. The patent licensing model of the chip maker depends on taking a cut of the selling price of the phone from the phone manufacturers, which is claimed as illegal by Apple.

However, as per the ruling on Friday by the jury of San Diego, the three patents in the portfolio of the company were valued at $1.41, a figure which makes the chip manufacturer reinforce its ground that its practices are legitimate.

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.” 

Well, the decision in favour has definitely boosted the chip maker’s confidence. However, there are other legal battles to fight and other patent infringements to prevent, let’s see what Qualcomm will do about them!

For more tech updates, watch this space and stay updated with highlights about the cases Qualcomm is involved in.

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