Qualcomm and Apple are Set to Face Off in Court on 15th April

Qualcomm and Apple are Set to Face Off in Court on 15th April


Apple and Qualcomm have been involved in a tussle over the patent royalties of iPhone. The company’s’ refusal to back down has now resulted in their meet up in Court on 15th April next year. A federal judge in San Diego has fixed up the date for the trial. Qualcomm initially wanted the trial to take place in February but the judge felt it was essential to delay the trial date after keeping in mind the schedule of the court along with the complicated nature of the case. There were rumors related to a possible settlement doing the rounds but Apple has stressed in a repeated manner that there have been no talks whatsoever and both the parties have not met for quite a few months.

Apple has gone ahead to accuse Qualcomm of receiving income from patent royalties in an illegal manner. They said that Qualcomm had gone over to charge on both the occasions when Apple obtained the license for the patent portfolio and once again when it had gone to ahead to sell off the cellular chipsets. On the other hand, Qualcomm has maintained that their venture related to patents go well beyond chipsets. Moreover, their approach to licensing has been through a valid process. The company has gone ahead to even issue threats for blocking the sales of iPhone X. Now, it is another thing that the phone has already got discontinued.

The time at which the face-off between the two companies will take place goes ahead to raise the potential for yet another prolonged battle related to patent, quite similar to the conflict between Samsung and Apple, which went on for seven years. There is a chance that Apple may receive support from one end. On 4th January, the FTC is supposed to go to the court against Qualcomm, related to antitrust issues. The final outcome of that case might have a lot of say in how the chance of the chip designer will pan out against Apple. If FTC manages to gain the upper hand, Qualcomm could have a lot of problems in trying to convince the court that their practices with respect to royalty are fair.

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