(Reuters) – Mobile phone provider Qualcomm Friday won a legal victory against the iPhone manufacturer Apple, with a federal court jury in San Diego, and found that Apple owes Qualcomm about $ 31 million to offend three of its patents. give
Qualcomm last year sued Apple claimed it had broken patents related to helping cell phones get better battery life. During an 8-day trial, Qualcomm asked the jury to award the unpaid patent fee of up to $ 1.41 per iPhone breaching patents.
"The technologies invented by Qualcomm and others are what made it possible for Apple to enter the market and become so successful so quickly," said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's Secretary-General, in a statement. "We are congratulated on courts throughout the world rejects Apple's strategy of refusing to pay for the use of our IP. "
In a statement, Apple said it was disappointed with the result.
" Qualcomm's ongoing patent infringement campaign is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the bigger issues they are facing with surveys of their business practices in the US Federal Court, and around the world, Apple says. It refused to comment on whether it would appeal.
The case is part of a number of lawsuits around the world between the companies. Apple has claimed that Qualcomm has engaged in illegal patent practices to protect a dominant position in the chip market, and Qualcomm has accused Cupertino, California-based Apple, of using the technology without compensation.
So far, Qualcomm has won sales bids on iPhone in Germany and China, although the Chinese ban has not been enforced and Apple has taken action, it believes it can resume sales in Germany.
Qualcomm also suffered a setback with US regulators who found that some iPhones violated one of the San Diego-based company patents, but refused to carry their imports to the US, referring to the damage that such a move would inflict Intel on rival.
The company's legal battle will reach a crescendo in April, when an antitrust case filed by Apple at the beginning of 201
The verdict on peace ay could be upset in that case because it puts a per-dollar dollar figure on some of Qualcomm's intellectual property. Qualcomm's patent licensing model relies on charging phone makers a cut in the selling price of the phone, a practice that Apple has allegedly is unfair and illegal.
In a previous trial of Qualcomm and the US Federal Trade Commission, Apple executives outlined the company's extensive negotiations to reduce license fees to $ 7.50 per phone for Qualcomm's patents.
The San Diego jury valued only three of Qualcomm's patents in the company's $ 1.41 portfolio. A figure that the chip supplier thinks supports his claim that license practice is fair.
"The three patents found to be offended in this case represent only a small part of Qualcomm's valuable portfolio of tens of thousands of patents," Rosenberg said in a statement.
Gaston Kroub, patent attorney in New York not involved in the case, said the verdict was clearly a victory for Qualcomm. But it doesn't say much about the value of Qualcomm's overall patent portfolio and he was unlikely to create settlement discussions, he said.
"Apple is very good at handling appeals and taking a long-term view. This is not something that will bring Apple to the table with any sense of urgency," said Kroub.