Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm has chalked up one other small authorized victory in opposition to Apple in one other patent litigation go well with.
A jury in a U.S. federal court docket in San Diego discovered Friday that Apple owes Qualcomm about $31M for infringing three patents, per Reuters.
Qualcomm has filed a variety of patent fits in opposition to the iPhone maker within the U.S., Europe and Asia in recent times. The fits are skirmishes in a much bigger battle between the pair over licensing phrases that Apple alleges are unfair and unlawful.
As we reported earlier the San Diego patent go well with pertains to the facility consumption and velocity of boot-up instances for iPhones bought between mid-2017 and late-2018.
Qualcomm had requested to be awarded as much as $1.41 in unpaid patent royalties damages per infringing iPhone bought in the course of the interval.
Reuters suggests the award might have wider significance if it finally ends up factoring into the looming billion greenback royalties go well with between Apple and Qualcomm. By placing a greenback worth on a number of the latter’s IP, the San Diego trial doubtlessly bolsters its competition that its chip licensing practices are truthful.
At the time of writing it’s not clear whether or not Apple intends to attraction. Reuters stories the iPhone maker declined to touch upon that time, after expressing normal disappointment with the end result.
We’ve reached out to Apple and Qualcomm for remark.
In an announcement offered to the information company Apple stated: “Qualcomm’s ongoing campaign of patent infringement claims is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the larger issues they face with investigations into their business practices in U.S. federal court, and around the world.”
Cupertino filed its billion greenback royalties go well with in opposition to Qualcomm two years in the past.
It has motive to be bullish going into the trial, given a preliminary ruling Thursday — during which a U.S. federal court docket decide discovered Qualcomm owes Apple almost $1BN in patent royalty rebate funds (through CNBC). The trial itself kicks off subsequent month.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission additionally filed antitrust costs in opposition to Qualcomm in 2017 — accusing the chipmaker of working a monopoly and forcing exclusivity from Apple whereas charging “excessive” licensing charges for standards-essential patents.
That trial wrapped up in January and is pending a verdict from Judge Lucy Koh.
At the identical time, Qualcomm has additionally been pursuing a number of worldwide patent fits in opposition to Apple — additionally with some success.
In December Apple filed an attraction in China to overturn a preliminary ruling that might have blocked…