Qualcomm makes a tactical error in its battle with Apple

“Qualcomm has seemingly made a big tactical error in the pre-trial run-up to its infringement court case with Apple — and now it’s trying to get out of it,” Luke Dormehl reports for Cult of Mac.

“According to a report of the events, Qualcomm failed to dispute Apple’s legal argument that certain patents in the case were either invalid or that it did not infringe on them as suggested. Now that we’re closer to the trial,” Dormehl reports. “Qualcomm’s lawyers have seemingly realized that this wasn’t the best idea. And the judge isn’t too impressed.”

“When Qualcomm had a change of heart about this, Apple brought a motion to strike this request,” Dormehl reports. “It appears that Magistrate Judge Dembin agreed with Apple regarding the complaint, because he rebuked Qualcomm by saying that, ‘Rules are rules and tactical decisions have consequences.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Qualcomm’s holding a losing hand.

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, must end.

Magistrate judge rebukes Qualcomm for iPhone patent infringement allegations it originally chose not to bring – September 6, 2018
EU regulators charge Qualcomm with additional violation in pricing case – July 19, 2018
Apple petitions U.S. Patent Office to invalidate four Qualcomm patents – June 22, 2018
Apple brings 5G and national security into Qualcomm patent battle – June 18, 2018
Analyst: Apple, Qualcomm legal fight could settle this year – June 11, 2018
Apple CEO Tim Cook to be deposed in Qualcomm lawsuit – April 6, 2018
Judge Koh sets aside sanctions order against Apple in FTC v. Qualcomm antitrust case – February 8, 2018
Apple gets support from Lawyers for Civil Justice in fight against discovery sanctions – February 1, 2018
EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm $1.2 billion for paying Apple to shut out rivals’ chips – January 24, 2018
Apple sanctioned in Qualcomm FTC case for withholding documents – December 22, 2017
Apple countersues Qualcomm for patent infringement – November 29, 2017
Apple designing next-gen iPhones, iPads that would dump Qualcomm components – October 31, 2017


  1. The slog has been long and I had thought that Qualcomm would go down on each step of this law suit. It has not happened yet. It’s like “Waiting for Godot.” I hope cheater Qualcomm’s hubris finally gets its deserved comeuppance like Icarus got.

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