Apple is victorious in second German patent lawsuit against Qualcomm

Apple Demanded $1 Billion for Chance to Win iPhone Contract Qualcomm CEO
Apple demanded $1 billion for chance to win iPhone: Qualcomm CEO

18 January, 2019

As Mollenkopf tells it, Qualcomm only pushed to become a sole supplier of modem chips to Apple after that $1bn incentive was insisted upon in an effort to recoup such a massive outlay.

Apple is exploring the possibility of using modem chips from Samsung and MediaTek for a 5G-enabled version of the iPhone.

"That may not sound like a lot, but we're selling hundreds of millions of phones", and that's "a billion dollars a year", Williams told USA district judge Lucy Koh on Monday as the non-jury trial moved into its second week in San Jose, California. According to Apple COO Jeff Williams, Qualcomm insisted as part of the deal that Apple come out against the WiMax standard that was being developed by Intel and say it wouldn't support it. The Qualcomm chief and other executives said they were still trying to supply chips to Apple but hadn't "had any new business" since the previous contracts expired.

Qualcomm, waging a worldwide patent battle with Apple, said it would appeal after winning a separate case before a court in Munich in December that enabled it to enforce a ban on the sale of older iPhones in Germany. Intel isn't expected to release a 5G chipset until 2020, and its current LTE modems are widely considered slower than Qualcomm's. Qualcomm maintains that it continues to contribute technology to other areas of the industry and its practices follow industry norms. In the iPhone 8 and iPhone X devices, which had chips from both Intel and Qualcomm, Apple had to limit the speeds of Qualcomm chips to ensure that both variants offered similar speeds.

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Apple has said it was open to sourcing its 4G modem requirements from Qualcomm in spite of their ongoing legal tussle though the chipmaker refused to comply with Apple's requests.

Qualcomm executives denied these claims and stated in numerous occasions that they were always open to work with Apple.

The government has accused the San Diego-based company of using its position as the world's leading maker of smartphone chips to force customers to use its products and squeeze them for high patent licensing fees.

The review board announcements involve just the first of dozens of challenges filed by Apple and Intel at the review board against Qualcomm, and are just a few of the vast portfolio Qualcomm owns in the area of mobile telecommunications. Qualcomm has said it will appeal.

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