In the previous, Apple used Qualcomm’s modem chips in its flagship iPhone fashions to assist them hook up with wi-fi knowledge networks. But early final yr, Apple sued Qualcomm in federal court docket in San Diego, alleging that the chip firm’s apply of taking a minimize of the promoting worth of telephones as a patent license charge was unlawful.
Qualcomm denied the claims and has alleged that Apple owes it $7 billion in unpaid royalties.
A supply accustomed to the state of affairs stated this week that there are not any settlement talks between Apple and Qualcomm.
“There is absolutely no meaningful discussion taking place between us and Qualcomm, and there is no settlement in sight,” the individual stated. “We are gearing up for trial.”
Qualcomm didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The case is to go to trial early subsequent yr and has spawned associated authorized actions in different courts all over the world. In July, Qualcomm’s chief government, Steve Mollenkopf, instructed buyers on the corporate’s quarterly earnings name that the 2 corporations have been in talks to resolve the litigation.
“We continue to talk. We also have a number of … legal strategies that are in flight,” Mollenkopf stated on the decision. “And we hope that through the combination of either those paths, we could get to a resolution, and we’re confident that we will.” In addition to its dispute with Apple, Qualcomm is in a dispute with one other telephone maker, extensively believed by analysts to be China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, that’s withholding funds. But talks with Huawei seem like progressing.
In July, Qualcomm acquired what its patent licensing chief, Alex Rogers, known as a “good faith partial payment” of $500 million from the non-paying telephone maker, which Qualcomm executives stated was an indication of progress within the talks. Qualcomm is slated to obtain $200 million extra in such funds, the executives have stated.
Qualcomm can be attempting to settle an antitrust lawsuit introduced towards it by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission days earlier than Apple filed its lawsuit.
But that effort suffered a setback on Tuesday, when a federal choose in San Jose, California, issued a preliminary ruling saying that Qualcomm should license some patents concerned in making modem chips to rivals reminiscent of Intel Corp, a transfer that might jeopardize Qualcomm’s present licensing practices.