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Apple and Qualcomm in the year-long patent dispute

Apple and the chip group Qualcomm have settled their more-than-two-year-long patent dispute. All mutual claims are abandoned, the company said on Tuesday. Apple is going to make a payment to Qualcomm, it said. An amount was not mentioned.

in Addition, going to complete a patent agreement, for six years. The terms have not been disclosed.

The agreement came shortly after the beginning of a large process in California, played a Central role in the dispute. Apple accused Qualcomm to demand too high a licenses its patents to hinder competition. Qualcomm countered with the accusation that Apple devices would be used by the group invented technology without a patent license.


The order had pavers set by Apple in 2017, payments to Qualcomm. The chip group estimated the loss of revenue, together with interest at seven billion dollars.

In the on Monday in San Diego, started the process of a lawsuit by Apple from the year 2017. The court had made it on the first day, nine members of the jury to select, and on Tuesday the position of ran took the Apple lawyers, as surprisingly, the agreement was announced.

The process was scheduled to run for four to five weeks. It was expected that several top executives like Apple CEO Tim Cook and Qualcomm CEO Steve minor head will be called to the stand.

Apple objected, among other things, the fact that Qualcomm demanded for the patent-licenses for a portion of the device price, instead of just from the price of the individual components. In order to benefit the chip manufactures group also unjust way of price increases, which went on its own inventions by Apple. In addition, Qualcomm, the Chip would refuse to grant competitors such as Intel patent licenses.

Qualcomm argues, since there is a Portfolio of patents for a lot of different technologies, whether it is reasonable, the price of the device for the calculation of the licenses.

patent deal may be extended

as part of The settlement now that the six-year patent deal may be extended for a further two years. In addition, there is a multi-year agreement for chip deliveries. Apple gets a possibility of faster devices for the new super-fast 5G wireless offer. In the case of the Chips, Qualcomm is the leader.

Qualcomm-Manager had repeatedly stated, they assumed that the dispute will end with a comparison. Apple had shown up to the last fight is funny. Qualcomm was able to achieve with his actions last December, a ban on the sale of some older iPhone in Germany. Apple bypassed it by the fact that the country and sold devices the communication originated chips from Qualcomm instead of Intel.

Qualcomm is primarily known as a leading provider of Smartphone Chips is known, the patent licenses are the second – and more lucrative – pillar for the group.

under pressure

The business model of Qualcomm is already under pressure: In January, there was a process to a lawsuit, the U.S. trade authority, the FTC, the Qualcomm accused of unfair competition through patent licensing as a precondition for chip deliveries. This procedure is not decided by jury but by a judge, your jury is still out. (nag/sda)

Created: 16.04.2019, 22:17 PM

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