Apple must pay $31m to Qualcomm in patent dispute

Apple must pay $31m to Qualcomm in patent dispute

Apple must pay $31m to Qualcomm in patent dispute

A jury of USA federal court in San Diego found Apple guilty of infringing on three of Qualcomm's patents.

Alongside this ruling in San Diego, courts in China and Germany has also ruled Apple has infringed Qualcomm patents, questioning whether Apple is legally allowed to continue sales not only in these countries, but other territories around the world. "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 Cupertino, California, company said. Qualcomm jumped as much as 3.5 percent before finishing up 2.2 percent at the close in NY trading.

The disputed patents pertain to technology for graphics processing and battery power conservation, which Qualcomm claims improves the efficiency and reduce the cost of smartphones. Under a 2013 agreement the patents of the two companies were put under Hitachi Maxell, Ltd, the infringement case notes. Both of these companies are indulged in legal lawsuits for patent cases, from the last two years.

In a statement provided to Reuters, Apple said: "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 USA federal court, and around the world".

In the trial that just concluded, the jury unanimously agreed with Qualcomm's contention that it should be paid USD1.41 per iPhone relying on three of its patents. Lawsuits are pending.in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

"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 compensation asked by Qualcomm is of $1.41 per infringement iPhone sold from middle of 2017 to 2018's autumn. Qualcomm would be happy with the victory but the amount is minuscule in front the much larger $1 billion payment that they might owe Apple. Apple, in its statement, chose to highlight Qualcomm's business practices instead of addressing the patent violations. The trial concluded in San Jose, California, earlier this year, but the judge still hasn't ruled.

On another front in the complex legal battle between two USA companies a federal judge in Southern California on Thursday issued a preliminary ruling that Qualcomm owes Apple almost a billion dollars in patent royalty rebate payments the chip maker is withholding, according to United States media reports.

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