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Qualcomm received some bad news today when the US District Court for Northern California ruled that the company must license some of its essential broadband patents to competitors such as Intel. This preliminary ruling is part of a lawsuit by the FTC against Qualcomm, and the suit will go to trial next year. However, the FTC isn't the only one with which Qualcomm is embroiled in litigation. One such party is Apple, and today we've got some more information on the matter. Take a look below for more details.
Apple Is Not Pursuing Settlement Talks With Qualcomm In Its Royalties Law Suit Claims Source
Qualcomm and Apple have been the part of a dispute since last year over the question of the former's policy of taking a cut from iPhone sales price as a licensing fee. Apple claims that the practice is illegal while Qualcomm believes that its technologies have helped make the iPhone dominant globally, and therefore the payments are fair.
Now, Reuters has a source close to the matter that denies any rumors or reports of both parties reaching a settlement outside of court. “There is absolutely no meaningful discussion taking place between us and Qualcomm, and there is no settlement in sight. We are gearing up for trial,” claims the source. If true, then this means that either both parties are comfortable enough to test the odds in open court, or one of them is refusing to budge in settlement talks.
Qualcomm received a $500 million payment from Huawei in July involving a similar dispute. But Apple is known to play hardball whether it's inside the courts or with the media. Therefore, it's very likely that Qualcomm is eager to reach a settlement via talks, but the Cupertino based tech giant is refusing to budge. There's a lot of bad blood between the two companies, as Qualcomm has also accused Apple of making statements that the San Diego chip maker's modem in the iPhone 7 performed similarly to Intel's modems.
The lawsuit between Qualcomm and Apple will go to trial early next year. Qualcomm has also alleged that Apple shared trade secrets with Intel, which allowed Apple to reduce its dependency on Qualcomm's modems for the iPhone lineup. The companies are going to trial at a time when 5G is on the edge of becoming mainstream. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We'll keep you updated on the latest.