And we are again with the latest developments of the legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm Now, directly from San Diego (California), where another trial of the microchip giant is being tried against Ma and audiences are running wild.
The latest information, coming directly from CNET, reports that Qualcomm has set the amount it claims for damages from Apple: $ 31 million, or about $ 120 million. That's $ 1.20 for each Apple-shipped iPhones that Apple says infringe its patents.
The amount, according to Qualcomm, was calculated with the help of economist Patrick Kennedy, who attended the San Diego court as prosecution witness; he took into account iPhones sold from July 2017 onwards with Intel modems. As is well known, Apple started to transition to Intel parts on iPhones as early as 2016, and the latest models of the company use only these modems.
The damages, according to Qualcomm, refer (allegedly) infringement of three patents:
- One that allows the smartphone to quickly connect to the internet right after it is turned on;
- One that deals with the graphics processing and the battery of the apparatus;
- One that allows device applications to download data more easily by dividing traffic between the processor and modem.
Naturally, for a multibillion-dollar company like Apple, a $ 31 million payment is just a change. Still, Ma must fight tooth and nail to escape conviction not for the harm itself, but because such a decision would set a precedent for other, possibly worse, consequences in other lawsuits going on around the world.
Witness goes against Apple
In our last article on the case, we talked about the imbroglio involving Arjuna Siva: The engineer, while working at Apple, was said to have been the chief inventor of one of the patents cited by Qualcomm; The chipmaker would later have ignored his contribution and filed the patent without his name.
That, of course, was Apple's version. After a week of indefinitions she would testify or not, Siva finally came to court to share her version of the story, and she doesn't exactly match Ma's: according to the engineer, he actually participated in the creation of technology, but doesn't consider himself her inventor. .
He stated that he was “surprised” and “upset” when he found out that Qualcomm had registered the patent without his name, but at the same time was proud:
something that I fondly remember. I was a boy who had been two and a half years from college and it was an important thing for me.
The testimony, therefore, is not exactly favorable for either company while Apple put Siva as inventor of the technology, Qualcomm claimed that he had no input in the process.
We are waiting for the next chapters of this story.
via Apple World Today, AppleInsider