Qualcomm has no choice: to pay Apple a $1 billion patent fee refund

 Qualcomm has no choice: to pay Apple a $1 billion patent fee refund

According to U.S. media reports, Qualcomm and Apples patent lawsuit has preliminary results, that is, Qualcomm to pay Apple a huge compensation.

Rather than pay compensation, Qualcomm has to pay the remaining arrears. Gonzalo Curiel, a judge in Californias Southern District Court, ruled that Qualcomm was obliged to pay Apple about $1 billion. Over the past few years, Apple has been using Qualcomm chips to enable the iPhone to connect to wireless data networks.

The contract stipulates that the factory responsible for the production of Apples iPhone will pay Qualcomm billions of dollars a year to use Qualcomms patented technology in the iPhone, which will be paid by Apple. The factory will pay in advance and then reimburse the company.

In addition, Qualcomm and Apple have reached another agreement that if Apple agrees not to attack Qualcomm in court or regulators, they will refund a certain amount of royalties to Apple.

In a lawsuit two years ago, Apple took Gao to court, accusing Qualcomm of breaking the agreement and not paying it a $1 billion patent refund for its bonus. At present, there are other disputes between the two sides, so the judges ruling is unlikely to make Qualcomm willing to immediately write a large cheque to Apple.

Source: Responsible Editor of Fast Technology: Yao Liwei_NT6056