Qualcomm defeats Apple in iPhone patent case

Apple Loses Patent Case to Qualcomm: Here’s What It Means

Apple Loses Patent Case to Qualcomm: Here’s What It Means

That case, which is going to trial in Qualcomm's backyard of San Diego, will have a judge deciding it Apple must hand over royalty payments to Qualcomm for its iPhones.

A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California found the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X infringed Qualcomm's patents. That case involves Apple's dispute over Qualcomm's licensing costs.

Qualcomm Inc. won the first US jury trial in its global dispute with Apple Inc. over how much the iPhone maker should pay for using the chipmaker's patented technology. It also allows a smartphone to connect to the internet quickly after being powered on, according to Qualcomm officials. Qualcomm executive vice president and general counsel Don Rosenberg said in a statement to Reuters: "Apple has already offset the payment at issue under the agreement against royalties that were owed to Qualcomm". There will be billions of dollars at stake in this case.

On another front in the complex legal battle between two United States companies a federal judge in Southern California on Thursday issued a preliminary ruling that Qualcomm owes Apple almost a billion dollars in patent royalty rebate payments the chip maker is withholding, according to USA media reports. The judge said that Qualcomm is obligated to pay Apple almost $1 billion in rebated royalties that it promised to pay Apple as long as the company didn't attack the chip maker in court or to regulators. The Cupertino, California-based company has accused Qualcomm of using its control over so-called standard essential patents, which covers technology uniformly adopted by telecommunications providers and equipment makers, to extract excessive royalties for the entire patent portfolio, including non-essential patents, that it licenses to smartphone makers. The trial concluded in January and parties are awaiting a decision.

Today's ruling is likely to have little impact on your future iPhone, but that could change pending the results of future legal cases.

Qualcomm scored a pair of legal victories late past year overseas.

Courts in Germany and China also ruled in favor of Qualcomm in similar legal disputes in the past six months.

Apple has switched to using Intel Inc. chips in its phones. In other words, Apple knows exactly what it did there.