(Reuters) — Cell phone chip provider Qualcomm on Friday gained a authorized victory in opposition to iPhone maker Apple, with a jury in federal courtroom in San Diego discovering that Apple owes Qualcomm about $31 million for infringing three of its patents.ge
Qualcomm final yr sued Apple alleging it had violated patents associated to serving to cell phones get higher battery life. Throughout an eight-day trial, Qualcomm requested the jury to award it unpaid patent royalties of as much as $1.41 per iPhone that violated the patents.
“The applied sciences invented by Qualcomm and others are what made it potential for Apple to enter the market and turn into so profitable so rapidly,” Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s normal counsel, mentioned in a press release. “We’re gratified that courts all around the world are rejecting Apple’s technique of refusing to pay for the usage of our IP.”
In a press release, Apple mentioned it was disenchanted with the result.
“Qualcomm’s ongoing marketing campaign of patent infringement claims is nothing greater than an try and distract from the bigger points they face with investigations into their enterprise practices in U.S. federal courtroom, and world wide,” Apple mentioned. It declined to touch upon whether or not it will enchantment.
The case is a part of a sequence of lawsuits world wide between the businesses. Apple has alleged that Qualcomm engaged in unlawful patent practices to guard a dominant place within the chip market, and Qualcomm has accused Cupertino, California-based Apple of utilizing its expertise with out compensation.
To this point, Qualcomm has gained gross sales bans on iPhones in Germany and China, although the Chinese language ban has not been enforced and Apple has taken strikes it believes enable it to renew gross sales in Germany.
Qualcomm additionally suffered a setback with U.S. commerce regulators who discovered that some iPhones infringed one of many San Diego-based firm’s patents however declined to bar their importation into america, citing the harm such a transfer would inflict on rival Intel.
The businesses’ authorized battle will attain a crescendo in April, when an antitrust case filed by Apple in early 2017 heads to trial and challenges the muse of Qualcomm’s enterprise mannequin of licensing its patents to cell gadget makers and promoting them chips.
The decision on Friday might come into play in that case as a result of it places a per-phone greenback determine on a few of Qualcomm’s mental property. Qualcomm’s patent licensing mannequin depends on charging telephone makers a lower of the promoting value of the telephone, a observe Apple has alleged is unfair and unlawful.
Throughout an earlier trial between Qualcomm and the U.S. Federal Commerce Fee, Apple executives outlined their firm’s intensive negotiations to scale back these license charges to $7.50 per telephone for Qualcomm’s patents.
The San Diego jury valued simply three of Qualcomm’s patents within the firm’s portfolio at $1.41, a determine that the chip provider believes bolsters its competition that its licensing practices are honest.
“The three patents discovered to be infringed on this case signify only a small fraction of Qualcomm’s useful portfolio of tens of 1000’s of patents,” Rosenberg mentioned in a press release.
Gaston Kroub, a patent lawyer in New York not concerned within the case, mentioned the decision was clearly a win for Qualcomm. Nevertheless it doesn’t say a lot in regards to the worth of Qualcomm’s complete patent portfolio and was unlikely to spark settlements discussions, he mentioned.
“Apple may be very expert at dealing with appeals and taking a longer-term view. This isn’t one thing that may deliver Apple to the desk with any sense of urgency,” Kroub mentioned.