A court in the US, on yesterday (15), ruled that Apple must indemnify Qualcomm for infringing three patents related to mobile technologies. The jury ruled that Apple should pay $ 31 million to the chip maker. $ 1.41 per iPhone that used the company’s technology without authorization.
This is yet another chapter in the judicial battle between Qualcomm and Apple. This began about two years ago when Apple collaborated with regulatory agencies around the world to accuse Qualcomm of a monopoly in the smartphone modem market. Qualcomm has been retaliating against Apple on many fronts. It is one of the most important victories for the San Diego company.
The jury’s decision was unanimous in favor of Qualcomm. But worth noting is that $ 31 is very little money for Apple. Since Apple is a company that was worth $ 1 trillion by the end of 2018. Still, the victory tarnishes the reputation of the company of Tim Cook. He has always positioned himself as innovative and historically defends his own patents to the last consequences.
Qualcomm’s legal representative said:
“Our latest victory in the global judicial battle directs us to blame Apple for using our valuable technologies without paying.”
“The unanimous decision of the jury today is our latest victory in the global judicial battle directs us to blame Apple for using our valuable technologies without paying for them,” said Don Rosenberg, one of Qualcomm’s legal representatives, shortly after the CNET trial .
In contrast, Qualcomm takes a good image for another jury against Apple next month. In that second trial, it will be decided whether Qualcomm must pay $ 1 billion in royalty refunds to Apple.
The same process will also decide on the imbroglio related to Qualcomm’s royalty collection practices.
It is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the most serious problems they will face.
“Qualcomm’s current patent infringement campaign is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the most serious problems they will face with investigations into their business practices in a US federal court and around the world”, Apple said in a statement.