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Apple and Qualcomm are about to begin their massive, multi-billion dollar patent trial


Added 04-15-19 11:02:02am EST - “The lawsuit in federal court revolves around the modem chips that connect devices like the iPhone or Apple Watch to wireless data networks.” - Cnbc.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Cnbc.com: “Apple and Qualcomm are about to begin their massive, multi-billion dollar patent trial”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple and its allies on Monday will kick off a jury trial against chip supplier Qualcomm in San Diego, alleging that Qualcomm engaged in illegal patent licensing practices and seeking up to $27 billion in damages.

Qualcomm, for its part, alleges that Apple forced its longtime business partners to quit paying some royalties and is seeking up to $15 billion.

Filed by Apple in early 2017, the lawsuit in federal court revolves around the modem chips that connect devices like the iPhone or Apple Watch to wireless data networks. Qualcomm has spent the past two years mounting a pressure campaign of smaller legal skirmishes against Apple, seeking - and in some cases obtaining - iPhone sales bans for violating its patents.

The trial before Judge Gonzalo Curiel will play out on Qualcomm's home turf of San Diego, where for decades the city's National Football League team played in Qualcomm Stadium and nearly every business district hosts the mobile chip firm's logo.

For Apple, the trial is about the freedom to determine its own technology path for blockbuster products by buying chips without having to pay what it calls a "tax" on its innovations in the form of patent licensing fees to Qualcomm that take a cut of the selling price of its devices.

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