Analyst: Apple, Qualcomm legal fight could settle this year

“After more than a year of vicious accusations and a flurry of lawsuits and counter claims, Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc.’s multibillion-dollar legal dispute is about to get serious,” Ian King and Susan Decker report for Bloomberg. “Hearings in the three most important markets — the U.S., China and Germany — will soon determine whether Apple’s attempt to save itself billions in technology licensing payments by forcing one of the world’s biggest chipmakers to change the way it does business is legal.”

“Apple may be the hook for $2.5 billion to $4.5 billion in unpaid fees, based on estimates for the amount per phone the company may be charged, a total that could be equivalent to about one-fifth of Qualcomm’s annual revenue,” King and Decker report. “The iPhone maker has argued that Qualcomm uses its ownership of patents that cover the basics of how modern smartphones communicate to extract unfairly high payments and coerce it into buying chips.”

“The companies’ legal teams have been busy and are likely to stay that way. There are more than 50 separate intellectual property and antitrust proceedings filed across 16 jurisdictions in six countries, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Matt Larson,” King and Decker report. “While no single case will resolve everything, a number of decisions in the second half of 2018 may create an incentive to settle, Larson wrote in a recent research note.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Regardless, hopefully, when all of this is said and done, Qualcomm’s unreasonable, illogical, and irrational licensing scam, which charges a percentage of the total cost of all components in the phone, even non-Qualcomm components, will go the way of the dodo.

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  1. This is obviously a huge case, likely setting legal precedents for future SEP and IP cases. Why would Apple settle? They’ll fight this until they have no more chances of winning, just like the Samsung case. If Qualcomm wants to settle, Apple will have to weigh that against setting a stronger legal precedent.

    1. Yes, Apple is fighting for itself and ultimately others who would fall victim & prey to Qualcomm’s heinous & greedy overreach and unfair terms and conditions. It’s funny how companies like Qualcomm thinks they are doing nothing wrong like all self-serving evil perpetrators (Google, Facebook, etc.).

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