Sina Technology News, Beijing time on April 15 evening news, according to Reuters, Apple and its allies will be in San Diego on Monday for a chip supplier Qualcomm company trial. The lawsuit alleges that Qualcomm is engaged in illegal patent licensing and seeks compensation of up to $27 billion.
The lawsuit originated in early 2017. At the time, Apple and Foxconn, Compal, Heshuo and Wistron's four major foundries alleged that Qualcomm had charged an excessively high royalty and demanded to pay up to $27 billion in damages.
Qualcomm denied the existence of misconduct, demanding that the plaintiff pay billions of dollars in compensation, and seeking Apple and its suppliers to repay at least $7 billion in overdue payments.
According to previous media reports, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf and Apple CEO Tim · Tim Cook are expected to attend the trial. According to The Wall Street Journal, Cook was very disappointed with Qualcomm’s licensing practices, so he wanted to testify in the case.
For Apple, this trial is about a kind of freedom, that is, by purchasing chips to determine their own technical route, without having to pay the so-called “tax” for their innovation, that is, paying PCT license fees to Qualcomm.
Apple has also said that Qualcomm can only charge a fee, or a patent license fee, or charge a chip, based on previous rulings of the Supreme Court in other cases. As a result, Apple hopes to buy Qualcomm's chips without signing a licensing agreement that allows Qualcomm to extract a certain percentage of iPhone sales.
For Qualcomm, the trial will determine the fate of Qualcomm's unique combination of selling chips and licensing more than 130,000 patents. This is especially important for Qualcomm's licensing business, which last year accounted for 64% of the company's total pre-tax income.
Some insiders said that if the trial made a favorable decision against Apple, other Qualcomm authorized parties may also question the rate they paid. In this way, Qualcomm's "business model's future" may be under pressure.
New York Intellectual Property Law Firm Kroub, Silbersher & Kolmykov Patent Attorney Gaston Kroub said that Qualcomm's business model has not been challenged for many years and is already fortunate. But today, Apple has emerged, trying to challenge Qualcomm's business model and licensing methods in court.
Analysts say Qualcomm is expected to argue that the company has worked with contract factories for many years before Apple introduced the iPhone. But Apple used its influence in the industry to let these foundries violate long-term contracts with Qualcomm and deprive Qualcomm of at least $7 billion in royalties.
In addition, Qualcomm may also claim that its authorization has been going on for decades, until Apple filed an objection before it was attacked. Apple is known in the electronics industry for urging suppliers to control costs.
Research firm Bernstein stock analyst Stacy & middot; Stacy Rasgon said: "I think Qualcomm's victory is not good news for Apple. For Qualcomm, this lawsuit is a life-and-death attack on its business model. ”
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Apple's cooperation with Qualcomm was reached in 2007 by Steve Jobs and Steve Jobs. At the time, Jobs established a friendly relationship with Qualcomm CEO Paul · Paul Jacobs. The two agreed that Apple will pay Qualcomm $7.50 for each iPhone.
But in 2011, after Cook became CEO, he was said to have discovered that the agreement was “very excessive” and promoted the revision. People familiar with the matter said that after Cook replaced Steve Jobs as CEO in 2011, he found that Apple's payment to Qualcomm exceeded the sum of all other iPhone licensing fees, which is shocking. ”(李明)