(Reuters) – The US federal judge made a preliminary ruling that Qualcomm Inc. has a debt of nearly $ 1 billion to Apple Inc. US Dollar patent royalties, although the solution is unlikely to qualcomm Apple to provide a check for other events. dispute.
FILE PHOTO: The woman is holding her phone next to the Apple company logo in Beijing, China in 2018. December 14 REUTERS / Jason Lee
On Thursday, Southern California District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel decided that Qualcomm, the world's largest provider of mobile phone chips, was obliged to pay nearly $ 1 billion to Apple. US Dollars discounts that have been using the Qualcomm modem chip for many years to connect iPhone to wireless data networks.
Payments were part of a two-party business co-operation agreement, which includes special licensing practices for the consumer electronics industry.
In general, contracts under Apple iPhones will actually pay Qualcomm billions of dollars a year for the proprietary iPcones technology that Apple will reward for contracted plants. Exclusively, Qualcomm and Apple have entered into a co-operation agreement whereby Qualcomm would pay Apple's patent rebate on Apple's iPhone if Apple agreed not to attack the court or the regulatory authorities.
Two years ago, Apple filed a Qualcomm claim, claiming that the chip supplier terminated the cooperation agreement without paying nearly $ 1 billion.
Qualcomm, for its part, said it had stopped paying the rebates because Apple terminated the contract, calling on other smart phone developers to complain to the regulators and "false and misleading" statements to the Korean Fair Trade Commission, which investigates Qualcomm's antitrust suspicions . Apple replied that it was conducting a lawful response to the regulatory authorities.
Judge Curiel spoke to Apple, considering that Qualcomm had paid the missed discounts.
"Qualcomm's illegal business practices are damaging to Apple and the entire industry," said Apple.
Don Rosenberg, Vice President and General Counselor of Qualcomm, said in a statement by Reuters: "Although the Court sees Apple's behavior today as a breach of Apple's promises to Qualcomm in 2013" Apple's role in these events is a welcome event. “
The decision will become final only after the trial that begins next month. And Qualcomm is unlikely to make a new payment to Apple.
Apple's factories, which under normal circumstances will pay Qualcomm for patent-pending patent fees for iPhone, are almost $ 1 billion. Qualcomm Rosenberg said that iPhone's waiver of payments was already assessed in existing Qualcomm financial statements.
"Apple has already compensated for the fees charged by Qualcomm under this agreement," Qualcomm told Rosenberg.
Statement by Stephen Nellis; Editing Cynthia Osterman