Qualcomm won a legal victory against Apple on Friday when a federal jury in San Diego found that Apple owed the $ 31 million mobile chip provider to violate three of its patents.
Qualcomm sued Apple last year and accused it of patent infringement related to the improvement of mobile phone battery life.
During an eight-day trial at the US District Court in the Southern District of California, Qualcomm asked the jury to award the unpaid patent fee of up to $ 1.41 per iPhone that violated the 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.
"Qualcomm's ongoing patent infringement campaign is nothing more than an attempt to distract ct from the bigger problems they face with investigating their business practices in the US Federal Court and around the world," Apple said.
The case is a part of a number of lawsuits between the companies Apple has accused Qualcomm of engaging in illegal patent practices to protect a dominant position on the chip market, and Qualcomm has accused Apple of using its technology without compensation.
So far, Qualcomm has won sales bids iPhone in Germany and China, although the Chinese ban has not been enforced, and Apple has taken steps as it believes it allows resuming sales in Germany. of the company's patents, they refused to carry their imports to the United States, but with reference to the damage, such a move would n competitor Intel
The company's legal battle will reach a crescendo in April, when an antitrust apparel filed by Apple early 2017 heads to the trial. It challenges the foundation of Qualcomm's business model to license its mobile device patents and sell them chips.
Friday's verdict may come into play in that case because it puts a phone figure on some of Qualcomm's intellectual property rights. Qualcomm's patent licensing model relies on charging phone makers a cut in the selling price of the phone, a practice that Apple has called unfair and illegal.
In a previous court case, Apple's executives outlined the company's extensive negotiations to reduce license fees to $ 7.50 per phone for Qualcomm's patents.
The jury in San Diego valued only three of Qualcomm's patents in the company's $ 1.41 portfolio, a figure that the chip supplier believes supports its claim that licensing practices are fair.
"The three patents found to be offended in this case represent only a small portion of Qualcomm's valuable portfolio of tens of thousands of patents," said Mr. Rosenberg in a statement.