16. March 2019 09:52:04 IST
The wireless service provider Qualcomm Inc won a legal victory against iPhone maker Apple Inc. on Friday. A jury in San Diego federal court found Apple Qualcomm owed $ 31 million for breaching three patents. Apple owes Qualcomm millions for violating Apple's three patents ”
Qualcomm sued Apple last year, claiming it had infringed patents pertaining to helping cell phones improve battery life. During an eight-day trial period, Qualcomm asked the jury to grant him unpaid patent fees of up to $ 1.41 per iPhone in violation of the patents.
The $ 31 million fine is a small change for Apple, the second-largest US company after Microsoft Corp. with a market value of $ 866 billion and annual revenues of several hundred billion dollars. Setting a per-phone charge for Qualcomm technology gives the chipmaker a new line of attack in its two-year legal dispute with Apple.
The biggest case Apple filed in early 2017 begins in April. Apple has sought to break Qualcomm's illegal business model by licensing licensing patents and selling chips to phone manufacturers. Qualcomm has accused Apple of using its technology without payment.
"The technologies invented by Qualcomm and others have enabled Apple to enter the market and become so fast," said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's General Counsel. "We are pleased that courts around the world are refusing Apple's strategy to pay for using our IP."
In a statement, Apple said it was disappointed with the result.
"Qualcomm's ongoing campaign of patent infringement claims is nothing more than an attempt to divert attention from the major issues facing her investigations into her business practices at US federal and international levels," Apple said In other cases against Apple, Qualcomm has been banned from selling iPhones in Germany and China, even though the Chinese ban has not been enforced and Apple has taken steps to reiterate it
Qualcomm also suffered a setback at the US Commerce Regulatory Commission, which found that some iPhones had violated one of the San Diego-based companies, but refused to ban its entry into the United States. and argued that such a measure harmed would cause competitors Intel Corp.
Friday's ruling could come into play in the April court hearing for putting part of Qualcomm's intellectual property on the phone. Qualcomm's patent licensing model relies on telephone manufacturers being charged for a reduction in the retail price of the phone, and Apple's practice is unfair and illegal.
In an earlier process between Qualcomm and the US Federal Trade Commission, Apple executives reported on their company Significant negotiations were underway to reduce the royalties on Qualcomm's patents to $ 7.50 per phone guided.
The San Diego jury estimated only three of Qualcomm's patents in the company's $ 1.41 portfolio, a number that the chip manufacturer believes are valid licensing practices.
"The three patents found to have been violated in this case represent only a small fraction of Qualcomm's valuable portfolio of tens of thousands of patents," Rosenberg said in a statement.
Gaston Kroub, patent attorney in New York was not involved in the case, said the verdict was clearly a gain for Qualcomm. However, he does not say much about the value of Qualcomm's entire patent portfolio and probably would not have raised any discussions about settlements.
"Apple is very skilled in dealing with complaints and has a longer-term view. This is not something that Apple will urgently bring to the table, "said Kroub.
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