Qualcomm won a US$31 million patent infringement case against Apple

File A jury ordered that Apple pay Qualcomm for patent infringement for chips used on iPhone 7 8 and X models

Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, told Reuters in a statement, "Although the Court today did not view Apple's conduct as a breach of Apple's promises to Qualcomm in the 2013 Business Cooperation and Patent Agreement, the exposure of Apple's role in these events is a welcome development". During an eight-day trial, Qualcomm asked the jury to award it unpaid patent royalties of up to $1.41 per iPhone that violated the patents. According to CNET, Apple argued that Arjuna Siva -engineer - made important contributions to the start-up technology while working for the company, so it should have been mentioned in the original patent.

APPLE HAS LOST the first in a series of lawsuits against former chip buddies Qualcomm. The just concluded suit was filed by Qualcomm against Apple for using its technology without their consent and to pay damages to that effect.

In December past year, a court in China issued injunctions against Apple after finding older iPhone models violate two Qualcomm patents. Also, it was Apple declared that Qualcomm's royalty rate is an inhibition to healthy competition and sometimes covers patents that it has nothing to do with.

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Apple said it was "disappointed". This verdict, however, is a good foot forward in an even bigger case coming next month between the two companies involving royalty payment over Qualcomm's patent running into billions of dollars. Maxell believed that the parties could reach a mutually beneficial solution and to that end considered a potential business transaction and continued to answer multiple inquiries from Apple over the course of several years, including communicating with Apple as recently as late 2018.

"Qualcomm's ongoing campaign of patent infringement claims is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the larger issues they face with investigations into their business practices in United States federal court, and around the world", the company said. "The three patents found to be infringed in this case represent just a small fraction of Qualcomm's valuable portfolio of tens of thousands of patents". Apple, however, has been accused of infringing one patent in an early unrelated case, when the hearing was done before the US International Trade Commission.

It is not known at the moment whether Apple will appeal the decision or otherwise.

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