In a long-standing legal dispute against Qualcomm, Apple breathed a sigh of relief as federal judge Dana Sabraw granted tech giant’s request to prevent chipmaker from demanding financial compensation for patent infringement before the case was filed in 2017.
Notably, both parties are likely to settle the dispute in a trial scheduled to start in San Diego next month. In his ruling, honorable Dana Sabraw held that Apple is not “infringing one of the several patents that Qualcomm says are at stake in the litigation,” reports Bloomberg Quint.
Apple Is Not Infringing One of the Several Patents: District Judge
Qualcomm has charged serious accusations on Apple of infringing patents related to technology for graphics processing and energy efficiency in its smartphones.
Both companies are engaged in a number of patent disputes worldwide, and none has scored the final victory.
Qualcomm believes Apple has violated non-standard non-essential patents to show the overall value of its collection of inventions.
The chipmaker decides licensees fees on the basis of the selling price of a phone; the fees are used in research that helps the entire industry.
Apple contends that Qualcomm has not helped the industry in a big way; moreover, it has employed unjust practices to force Apple to pay high fees.
Apple paid royalties to Qualcomm through Asian manufacturers; the royalties were paid for using patented technology in iPhones and iPads. When Apple filed a suit against Qualcomm in January 2017, the Asian manufacturers stopped paying royalties to Qualcomm.
Apple believed that Qualcomm is using its market position to ask excessive royalties. Dana Sabraw’s ruling on Tuesday stops Qualcomm from demanding damages for infringements for the months from when the payment was discontinued to when it filed a lawsuit.
Granting favor to Qualcomm, US District Judge held that “Apple cannot argue before the jury that a Qualcomm patent for a “flashless boot” technology was already publicly disclosed in a manual for Blackfin processors. That patent enables mobile phones to connect to the internet immediately upon startup.”
Readers, who have been following the stories related to Apple-Qualcomm disputes have to wait for the knockout punch. Only time will tell who will have the last laugh!
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