Judge orders Qualcomm to cough up the $1 billion it owes Apple

Apple Vs Qualcomm iPhone Maker To Pay $31 Million For Violating Qualcomm's Three Patents

Apple Vs Qualcomm iPhone Maker To Pay $31 Million For Violating Qualcomm's Three Patents

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.

The trial is a fragment of a legal battle involving Apple and Qualcomm, who are sparing over who invented some of the technology used for key features in smartphones and other mobile devices.

In early 2017, Apple claimed that Qualcomm was overcharging them for royalty payments, invoicing them for "technologies they [Qualcomm] have nothing to do with".

The jury found that Apple infringed upon two of these patents with its iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. The latter three models were also found to infringe upon the third patent covered by the lawsuit, No. 8,633,936.

It seems as though Apple and Qualcomm never stop sparring, with the latest development in years-long disputes between the companies being a preliminary victory for Apple. "But this does set a precedent that Qualcomm's IP is valuable, even the patents on elements of a phone that are not directly related to wireless standards". "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.

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For its part, Apple expressed disappointment with the verdict in a statement provided to Tom's Guide.

Judge Curiel sided with Apple, ruling that Qualcomm owed the missed rebate payments. The decision comes ahead of a highly anticipated trial next month between Apple and Qualcomm.

In general, the contract factories that built Apple's iPhones would pay Qualcomm billions of dollars per year for the use of Qualcomm's patented technology in iPhones, a cost that Apple would reimburse the contract factories for.

Today's ruling is likely to have little impact on your future iPhone, but that could change pending the results of future legal cases.

Qualcomm scored a pair of legal victories late a year ago overseas.

In its patent dispute with Apple, the mobile components maker it has sought to block the import and sale of certain iPhone models.

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