SAN DIEGO (AP) – A jury has decided that Apple should pay $ 31 million in damages for violating technology patents owned by mobile chip maker Qualcomm, which helps iPhones quickly connect to the Internet and extend their battery life.
The Judge Friday in a federal government in San Diego follows a two-week test that hit two former allies who have become bitter opponents. The experiment is a fragment of a legal battle involving Apple and Qualcomm that saves who invented some of the technologies used for key features of smartphones and other mobile devices.
The bet will be much larger in another federal trial next month that determines whether Apple should be obliged to pay Qualcomm for licensing other technology used in iPhones.
Apple had paid the license fees until it stopped in 201
In the trial that has just ended, the jury unanimously accepted Qualcomm's claim that it should be paid $ 1.41 per. IPhone that rely on three of its patents. The damage goes back to July 6, 2017, when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit and covers technology used in the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Validation of its technology is important for iPhones. "Technologies invented by Qualcomm and others are what enabled Apple to enter the market and become so successful so quickly," said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's general consultant.
Apple expressed disappointment at the decision. "Qualcomm's ongoing patent infringement claim campaign is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the greater problems they face with studies of their business practices in the United States federal court and around the world," says Cupertino, California. Business.
The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is also part of a lawsuit against antitrust that the US Federal Trade Commission filed in 2017. In that case, the FTC claims that Qualcomm for many years has abused its market power in mobile chips. The test ended in San Jose, California, earlier this year, but the judge still hasn't ruled.