After many ups and downs in a legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm, US federal judge Gonzalo Curiel has issued a preliminary ruling in Apple's favor.
According to the cancellation, Qualcomm Inc Apple caused nearly $ 1 billion in patent card payments. However, it is most unlikely that Qualcomm will pay Apple due to other developments in the disagreement.
Apple Wins Patent Battle Against Qualcomm
The US District Court judge for the Southern District of California noted that Qualcomm was obliged to pay about $ 1 billion in rebate payments to Apple.
Qualcomm is especially the world's largest provider of smartphones, and Apple has used modem chips to connect iPhones to wireless computing networks.
Both companies have signed a business agreement to follow patent licensing practices in the consumer electronics industry.
It was understood that contract providers building iPhones for Apple would pay the amount to Qualcomm for using patented technologies in iPhones.
At the end of the year, Apple would pay back the amount to the contract factories. Outside this understanding, Qualcomm would pay Apple a discount on the iPhone patent payment if Apple did not agree to attack in court or with regulators.
Two years ago, Apple filed a lawsuit and sued Qualcomm for breaking the cooperation agreement by not paying around $ 1
Qualcomm claimed that Apple had broken the deal by urging other smartphone makers to complain to regulators and making "false and misleading" statements to the Korean Fair Trade Commission. After that, Qualcomm has stopped paying Apple's rebate payments.
The judge claimed that Qualcomm owed paid rebate payments.
In a statement to Reuters, Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general adviser to Qualcomm, [ "Although the Court today did not see Apple's behavior as a violation of Apple's promises to Qualcomm in the 2013 partnership agreement, the exposure of Apple's role is in these events a welcome development. "
Since the trial of this case is pending (beginning next month), the decision will not come into force. It seems that Qualcomm will be exempt from making another payment to Apple.
As mentioned above, contract suppliers pay for iPhones Qualcomm for patent fees. During the proceedings, these contract factories have withheld $ 1 billion in payments to Qualcomm. Rosenberg said the retained iPhone payments had been recorded in Qualcomm's current accounts.
Rosenberg told Reuters that "Apple has already compensated the payment under the royalty agreement due to Qualcomm."
Apple made the relationship bite by helping South Korean regulators investigate Qualcomm's business. This has caused other legal problems between the two technology giants. This win can be good news for Apple at the moment, but this won't give Apple a new cash flow.
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