Based on a new report from Reuters The US federal judge made a preliminary ruling tonight that Qualcomm has to pay Apple for nearly $ 1 billion. The solution comes from judge Gonzalo Curiel from the US District Court in southern California
As Reuters explains, contract manufacturing plants that generate iPhone usually paid Qualcomm billions of dollars a year that Qualcomm's proprietary technology is used on the iPhone. In turn, Apple would compensate the factories. In addition, Qualcomm and Apple had a separate agreement under which Qualcomm would pay Apple's patent rebate on Apple's iPhone if Apple refused to attack the court or regulatory authorities.
Two years ago, Apple filed Qualcomm and said that "the chip manufacturer has violated its consent without paying these patent royalties. However, Qualcomm said it had stopped paying discounts because Apple urged other smartphone manufacturers to "complain to regulators" and "false and misleading" statements to the Korean Fair Trade Commission.
Tonight, Judge Curiel came to Apple, deciding that Qualcomm should pay Apple for missed patent refunds. In his statement, Apple said that "Qualcomm's illegal business practices are damaging to Apple and the entire industry."
Meanwhile, Qualcomm Vice President and Advocate General Don Rosenberg said the company is pleased to see Apple's role in this agreement:  "Although the Court today did not consider Apple's behavior to be in violation of Apple's promises to Qualcomm in 2013. In the Business Cooperation and Patent Agreement, Apple's role in these events is a welcome event. ”
Despite Curiel's decision, there are still many uncertainties. The decision will not be final until the next month's trial. In addition, Qualcomm has already paid $ 1 billion to Apple's factories. Thus, Qualcomm has already accounted for it in its financial statements and will not need to cut Apple's
Apple factories, which would normally pay Qualcomm for patent fees payable by iPhone, have already abandoned nearly $ 1 billion. USD payments to Qualcomm. Qualcomm's Rosenberg said iPhone payments were already included in Qualcomm's financial statements.
"Apple has already compensated for the royalties claimed by Qualcomm," Qualcomm told Rosenberg
. Meanwhile, in a separate Qualcomm and Apple patent infringement case in San Diego, the jury left without a decision .
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