Recalling the much-watched legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm, from the January 20th 2017 Apple prosecution, to the announcement of a settlement between the two parties, which lasted for 726 days, although in more than two years The two sides did not have too many positive confrontations in the court, but the prosecution and counterclaims during the period were one after another. Until the day before the settlement was reached, the two sides still debated this. In the words of the analysts, the two sides finally reached and resolved. Concerned by the outside world.
Apple sues Qualcomm for a refund of patent license fee
The patent license fee between Apple and Qualcomm evolved into a legal battle between the two parties. It was initiated by Apple’s lawsuit against Qualcomm. On January 20, 2017, Apple officially filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing Qualcomm of using it.Mobile phoneThe monopoly of the baseband chip field, retaliation for Apple's cooperation with the US Foreign Trade Commission (FTC) and refused to refund the promised $1 billion patent license fee, Apple asked Qualcomm to refund the promised $1 billion in royalties.
Apple’s complaint was that Qualcomm’s share price plummeted. Qualcomm’s share price plummeted 12.7% on the following trading day, and the market value evaporated and evaporated by $12 billion. On November 6, 2017, after more than 10 months, Qualcomm shares returned to the level before Apple sued.
Qualcomm counterclaims Apple's fine number of apples to Qualcomm's various injustices
After Apple procured Qualcomm and caused Qualcomm's share price to fall, Qualcomm also launched a counterattack against Apple. It responded to Apple's lawsuit on April 10, two months later, with a 134-page defense.
In a 134-page defense, Qualcomm denied Apple’s allegations, listed 35 defenses, and filed a countersuit against Apple, detailing Apple’s treatment of Qualcomm’s injustices.
Qualcomm also mentioned in the defense that in the past few years, they have invested tens of billions of dollars, hired nearly 20,000 engineers, applied for more than 130,000 patents worldwide, and developed 2G, The key technology in 3G and 4G communication is their patent in communication to help Apple passiPhoneEarned $760 billion in revenue.
Apple's business and industry to join the dispute Qualcomm said Apple's business and industry refused patent licensing fees
The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm due to patent licensing fees was originally between Apple and Qualcomm, but it soon expanded to Apple's foundry.
Qualcomm said on April 19, 2017 that some of Apple’s foundries have refused to pay Qualcomm a $1 billion patent license fee in the past few months. Qualcomm is not sure whether Apple’s foundry will be in fiscal year 2017. The patent grant fee is paid in the third quarter (as of June 25, 2017).
Qualcomm sues Apple for business and industry, Foxconn and Shuo, and other defendants went to court
Less than a month after Qualcomm publicly claimed that some Apple businesses refused to pay the patent license fee, Qualcomm took the agency to the court.
Qualcomm announced on May 17, 2017 that four suppliers, Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal, were sued in the federal district court in Southern District of California, accusing the four companies that made the iPhone for Apple to violate Qualcomm. Between the license agreement and other commitments, and refused to pay for the use of Qualcomm's licensed technology, the court requested the court to determine the defendant's long-standing contractual obligations and filed damages.
Qualcomm applies for a court ban and asks Apple to pay the patent license fee
Just one week after the Foxconn and other Apple businesses went to court, Qualcomm filed an injunction with the court on May 25, 2017, asking them to continue paying the patent license fee before the court's decision.
Qualcomm's chief adviser, Don Rosenberg, said in a statement that these vendors are still using Qualcomm's technology before the court's decision, which requires a fee, and Qualcomm is confident that the contracts with these suppliers will be Approved by the court and effectively implemented.
Apple revise the indictment alleging that the Qualcomm patent license agreement is invalid
On June 20, 2017, five months after the lawsuit against Apple, Apple revised the indictment in January, alleging that Qualcomm's patent licensing agreement was invalid.
Apple’s revised indictment came from a US federal court ruling in May of the same year. In the printer manufacturer Lexmark and Impression International’s lawsuit, the federal court ruled that Lexmark’s patents had been used after the printer’s toner cartridges were sold. No patent infringement lawsuit can be initiated against the buyer.
Qualcomm's patent license agreement was signed before the mobile phone manufacturer purchased the chip, which allowed Qualcomm to extract a certain percentage of the cost from the iPhone, which accounted for about 5% of the iPhone's price, but even if Apple purchased the chip from Qualcomm's competitors. This fixed ratio of fees still needs to be paid. Based on the Supreme Court's ruling on Lexmark and Impression International, Apple hopes that Qualcomm can only charge one fee, charge a fee when purchasing chips or only charge a patent license fee.
Qualcomm CEO publicly stated his position on the dispute, believing that both parties will settle out of court
In an interview, Morenkov used the Qualcomm dispute at the beginning of this century as an example. He said that this kind of dispute will usually be settled by out-of-court settlement. Although he does not have any news to announce, he There is no reason not to believe that the litigation between Qualcomm and Apple will not be settled by out-of-court settlement.
Wistron and other Apple companies initiated counterclaims alleging that Qualcomm violated antitrust laws
Foxconn's parent companies, Hon Hai Precision, Wistron, Compal and Heshuo, launched a counterclaim against Qualcomm in the Southern California District Court on the evening of July 18, 2017, accusing Qualcomm of violating the US Sherman Act. Two provisions in the first antitrust law enacted by the US Congress.
Qualcomm sues Apple in Germany, demanding that the court ban iPhone imports and sales in Germany
When Apple’s foundry accused Qualcomm of violating antitrust laws, Qualcomm was not idle, and they targeted the products covered by the granted patent.
On July 19, 2017, Qualcomm filed two lawsuits in Mannheim and Munich, Germany, alleging that Apple's iPhone infringed Qualcomm's two patents and demanded that the court ban all iPhone imports and sales in Germany.
Qualcomm accused Apple of infringing two patents codenamed 8698558 and 9608675, titled "Low-Voltage Power Efficiency Envelope Tracking" and "Power Tracking of Simultaneous Transmission of Multiple Transmission Signals", each involving a patent .
Apple counterclaims Qualcomm accused Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors of infringing 8 patents
After Qualcomm sued Apple for patent infringement in Germany and sought to ban iPhone imports and sales in Germany, Apple also filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Qualcomm.
Court documents published on November 29, 2017 showed that a counterclaim was filed in the San Diego District Court against Qualcomm’s July allegations, alleging that Qualcomm’s processor infringed on Apple’s eight patents, all related to battery life, involving Qualcomm Xiaolong For the 800 and 820 processors, Apple asked Qualcomm to compensate for this.
Apple CEO Cook is involved in the dispute and is required to testify in court.
Although Qualcomm was caught in the trouble of Broadcom's acquisition in the first quarter of 2018, there was no news of Apple's patent licensing disputes for a long time, but this was only a temporary silence, and the dispute between the two sides did not end.
Business cooperation is affected Qualcomm refuses to supply 4G chips for Apple
The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm due to the patent licensing fee ultimately affected the business cooperation between the two parties.
The jury decided to start trial on April 15 and both CEOs will appear in court.
The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm for patent licensing fees began after three years of trial.
At the trial, the two parties still do not want each other to make a high claim.
According to the previous arrangement, Apple and Qualcomm had a legal battle against the patent licensing fee, and the trial began on April 15. However, until the trial, the two parties still did not give each other, and all of them filed high claims with each other.
Foreign media said in a local report on Monday that Apple and its allies accused Qualcomm of engaging in illegal patent licensing activities, demanding that Qualcomm terminate the "no chip, no chip" approach, and refund $9 billion, and if the judge supports Apple The antitrust charge, Qualcomm will need to pay the amount of $ 27 billion.
Qualcomm also did not show weakness, accusing Apple of forcing its long-term partners to stop paying part of the patent license fee and seeking to pay $15 billion. Qualcomm also believes that Qualcomm and related contract manufacturers have had years of harmonious cooperation before Apple launched the iPhone. But Apple's use of its position in the industry has caused these vendors to violate long-term agreements with Qualcomm, resulting in a loss of at least $7 billion in patent licensing fees.
After the day after the trial began, the parties canceled all litigation
Unexpectedly, the legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm due to patent licensing fees ended in a settlement one day after the trial began, and the two sides reached an agreement to revoke all ongoing litigations worldwide.
On Tuesday, both Apple and Qualcomm announced on the official website that they announced on Tuesday that they had reached an agreement to abandon all litigations that are going on globally. As part of the settlement, Apple will pay Qualcomm a one-time fee, but the amount will be Unpublished, Qualcomm will also revoke the lawsuit against Foxconn and other Apple businesses.
While agreeing to abandon all of the global litigation, Apple and Qualcomm also reached a cooperation agreement including patent licensing and chip supply. The two companies disclosed in the official website that they had reached a six-year patent licensing agreement, which came into effect on April 1, 2019, and included a two-year extension option. In addition, the two sides also reached a multi-year chip supply agreement, but the details have not been disclosed.