Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents, jury finds

Apple Loses Patent Case to Qualcomm: Here’s What It Means

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. "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", the statement read.

Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the US District Court for the Southern District of California on Thursday ruled that Qualcomm, the world's biggest supplier of mobile phone chips, was obligated to pay almost $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,000 crores) in rebate payments to Apple, which for years used Qualcomm's modem chips to connect iPhones to wireless data networks.

Mobile phone chip supplier Qualcomm Inc on Friday won a legal victory against iPhone maker Apple Inc, with a jury in federal court in San Diego finding that Apple owes Qualcomm about $31 million for infringing three of its patents. And it is unlikely that Qualcomm will make a new payment to Apple.

But anorther legal decision involving Qualcomm and Apple was announced today.

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.

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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". Qualcomm's Rosenberg said those withheld iPhone payments have already been accounted for in Qualcomm's existing financial statements. "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".

Qualcomm's legal victory today covers a case that's only one of many legal tussles playing out in courtrooms around the world. The decision is not final, as the case goes to formal trial next month. It also claimed that Apple made "false and misleading" statements during a Korean Fair Trade Commission investigation into Qualcomm. Apple kicked things off with $1 billion lawsuits in the USA and China in 2017.

The Qualcomm patents covered three key pieces of technology.

Qualcomm has accused Apple of using its technology without paying. Other claims by Qualcomm against Apple have been dismissed in some German courts.

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