Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents, jury finds

Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents, jury finds

On Friday, a jury in San Diego awarded the full amount Qualcomm requested at the start of the trial - $1.41 per iPhone that violated the patents.

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. Another deals with graphics processing and battery life.

The ruling came after a two week trial in San Diego on a lawsuit filed by Qualcomm in 2017.

A USA federal judge has issued a preliminary ruling that Qualcomm Inc owes Apple Inc almost $1 billion in patent royalty rebate payments, though the decision is unlikely to result in Qualcomm writing a check to Apple because of other developments in the dispute. The Cupertino, California-based company has accused Qualcomm of using its control over so-called standard essential patents, which covers technology uniformly adopted by telecommunications providers and equipment makers, to extract excessive royalties for the entire patent portfolio, including non-essential patents, that it licenses to smartphone makers. We are gratified that courts all over the world are rejecting Apple's strategy of refusing to pay for the use of our IP.

In other cases against Apple, Qualcomm has won sales bans on iPhones in Germany and China, though the Chinese ban has not been enforced and Apple has taken moves it believes allow it to resume sales in Germany. Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm said that "Apple has already offset the payment at issue under the agreement against royalties that were owed to Qualcomm".

In a statement, Apple said the company is "disappointed" in the verdict.

This legal victory for Qualcomm is just the warmup from another showdown that will take place in the US next month (April 15). Qualcomm's patent licensing model relies on charging phone makers a cut of the selling price of the phone, a practice Apple has alleged is unfair and illegal. It also claimed that Apple made "false and misleading" statements during a Korean Fair Trade Commission investigation into Qualcomm. Qualcomm was then supposed to reimburse Apple for the fees, provided the company didn't complain to regulators or attack Qualcomm in court.

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