Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the US District Court in the Southern California District said Thursday that Qualcomm, the world's largest provider of mobile phone chips, was obliged to pay nearly $ 1 billion in rebate payments to Apple, which for many years used Qualcomm's modem chips for to connect iPhones to wireless computer networks.
In a lawsuit filed two years ago, Apple appealed to Qualcomm, claiming that the chip supplier had broken the cooperation agreement by not paying nearly $ 1 billion in patent discounts.
Qualcomm, for its part, claimed that it no longer paid the rebate because Apple had broken the agreement by inviting other smartphone manufacturers to complain to regulators and making "false and misleading" statements to Korean Fair Trade Commission, which investigated Qualcomm's charges against antitrust . Apple responded that it made legal replies to regulators in an ongoing investigation.
I continue to maintain that it would be in Qualcomm's long-term interest to find a way to play better with others. The longer this pulls out, the greater the chance that Apple will only have its own industry-leading silicon layer, spend a few billion to design its own version of everything Qualcomm could have sold them.