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Jury Holds Apple Responsible For Violating 3 Qualcomm Patents

Qualcomm recently defeated Apple in a legal battle. On Friday, a San Diego federal jury ruled Apple to owe the company nearly $31 million on account of infringement of 3 patents. Qualcomm is a world-famous name when it comes to supplying mobile phone chips. They had sued Apple in 2018, with accusations of patent violation in connection to improvement of battery life of mobile phones.

This ruling was made in an 8-day trial held in the District Court of the United States for California’s Southern District. Qualcomm had requested the jury for a ruling in its favor that would award the company unpaid royalties of patent amounting to $1.41 for each iPhone violating the patents. According to the general counsel of Qualcomm, Don Rosenberg, the Qualcomm-invented technology is the reason behind Apple being able to gain market entry and its quick success.

Cupertino-based Apple released a statement soon after, expressing its disappointment with this particular outcome. According to the statement, the ongoing campaign of Qualcomm regarding claims of patent infringement is merely an attempt directed at distracting attention from the issues of investigations into the company’s business practices. The investigation is currently under close scrutiny by the federal court of the U.S.

This case is a part of the long count of ongoing lawsuits between these two companies. Previously, Apple accused Qualcomm for having engaged in illegal practices for protecting their leading position in mobile chip markets. In reply, Qualcomm has alleged Apple to have used their technology without any compensation.

As of yet, Qualcomm has emerged victorious in imposing iPhone sale bans in China and Germany. However, the ban in China has gone with proper enforcement. Further, Apple seems to have taken measures to resume its German sales. Qualcomm suffered a loss when the trade regulators of the U.S. found some iPhones to infringe a patent of the company. They refused to stop their imports into the U.S on grounds of the effect it would have on its rival concern, Intel.