(Reuters) — Cell phone chip provider Qualcomm on Friday received a authorized victory towards 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 cellphones 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 out to be 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 using our IP.”
In a press release, Apple mentioned it was upset with the result.
“Qualcomm’s ongoing marketing campaign of patent infringement claims is nothing greater than an try to 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 could 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 know-how with out compensation.
To this point, Qualcomm has received 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 permit 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 the US, citing the injury 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 inspiration of Qualcomm’s enterprise mannequin of licensing its patents to cell gadget makers and promoting them chips.
The decision on Friday may 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 cellphone makers a lower of the promoting value of the cellphone, a follow 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 in depth negotiations to scale back these license charges to $7.50 per cellphone 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 truthful.
“The three patents discovered to be infringed on this case symbolize only a small fraction of Qualcomm’s worthwhile 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 concerning the worth of Qualcomm’s complete patent portfolio and was unlikely to spark settlements discussions, he mentioned.
“Apple could be very expert at dealing with appeals and taking a longer-term view. This isn’t one thing that may carry Apple to the desk with any sense of urgency,” Kroub mentioned.