Apple is currently depositing $ 7 billion in royalties on patent license payments to Qualcomm after instructing contract manufacturers has withheld another referral stating that the chipmaker is taking part in unfair licensing practices, according to a testimony delivered on Friday.
Apple's iPhone X used both Qualcomm and Intel modems.
Qualcomm commented on Apple's unpaid royalties at a California trial Reuters .
Apple does not directly license the Qualcomm patents, even though the tech giant's money has been taken to the chip manufacturer's outlets through reimbursements to partner manufacturers who pay royalties
The $ 7 billion figure and a number of other important ones Details about the sprawling legal dispute are debatable. Apple, for its part, argues that Qualcomm's royalties are unfair, causing price erosion and extortion.
Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm last year, claiming that the chipmaker was involved in monopolistic practices and other nefarious business strategies, including nearly $ 1 billion in rebates for participating in a South Korean antitrust investigation. The initial case eventually spawned around 100 different lawsuits and countersuits around the world.
As for royalties, Apple claims that QUANDCOMM FROMS (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) patent obligations charge customers, including suppliers, exorbitant prices on standard fees. essential patents. The chip maker restricts the sale to buyers who license their SEPs, a practice that Apple calls a "double-dip".
When Apple stopped the license payments, so did the partner companies using Qualcomm IP.
During today's trial, Qualcomm also sought to file a motion to disprove Apple's patent validity challenges, Bloomberg . The company filed the application earlier this month and filed its case in court on Friday.
There are nine Qualcomm patents "handpicked" by Apple to identify vulnerabilities in the mobile technology chip technology portfolio. Apple is trying to invalidate the inventions that Qualcomm says are essential to current mobile standards. Qualcomm seeks to avoid patent review by stating that it has no plans to use it in infringement procedures against Apple and its contract manufacturers.
Apple objected in its own submission to the request, saying that Qualcomm was trying to fend off the allegations of double-diping. In particular, Apple argues that Qualcomm should not be able to claim a patent for patented technology if the same technology is incorporated into its baseband chipsets for smartphone makers.
In addition to the California lawsuit, Qualcomm filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, which wants to stop importing iPhones with Intel modems.
In turn, Qualcomm has stated on numerous occasions that the lawsuit is encountering favorable IP prices and that he expects the fight to end in a solution.