German court throws out Qualcomm patent suit against Apple

German court throws out Qualcomm patent suit against Apple

It is worth adding that Apple used Intel modems instead of Qualcomm's in its newest trio of iPhones.

Qualcomm continues to provide Apple with chips for its older iPhones, including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple COO Jeff Williams testified Monday during the US Federal Trade Commission's trial against Qualcomm.

"We have been unable to get them to support us on new design wins past that time [when Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm]".

The US FTC is also backed by Intel and Apple, accusing Qualcomm of excessively charging its customers like Apple to pay for the wireless chips technology. "This has been a challenge".

The strategy, according to Williams, was to dual-source devices from both Intel and Qualcomm, continuing a plan Apple began following several years previously.

Apple supply chain executive Tony Blevins testified last week that Apple has considered sourcing 5G modems from Samsung and even MediaTek.

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Thus, Apple had to use a slower device from Intel.

Note that this is just royalty for Qualcomm-owned patents, the modem itself costs $30.

Apple and Qualcomm have been throwing lawsuits at each other left and right and in different countries for different reasons. Qualcomm claims Apple now owes it $7B in unpaid licensing fees.

The FTC wants to be able to force Qualcomm to license its SEPs (standard-essential patents) to competitors at a reasonable rate: something that it says would force greater competition into the market and remove Qualcomm's monopolistic hold. Which was regulated in such a way that the iPhone, order a paid of finished the full Qualcomm-claim, the amount then Apple came for and Qualcomm and then Apple paid a portion back.

"That may not sound like a lot, but we're selling hundreds of millions of phones", and that's "a billion dollars a year", Williams told United States district judge Lucy Koh on Monday as the non-jury trial moved into its second week in San Jose, California. He did agree that the company signed an agreement with Qualcomm in return for heavy rebates and parted ways with Intel in 2013 to honor the deal.

Qualcomm, on the other hand, was unsurprisingly not chuffed about the decision. The company hasn't said which of the two companies would make the cut and how the orders would be split between the chosen manufacturer and the existing supplier Intel. But Apple can breathe a bit easier now that at least the regional court in Mannheim, Germany has verbally declared that it doesn't infringe on the patents that Qualcomm insists it does.

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