Qualcomm Says Apple Hasn’t Paid $7 Million In Chip Royalties, As Their Legal Battle Gets Bitter

By on October 29, 2018
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The Qualcomm-Apple feud has been going on for over a year now, with the two engaged in a long-standing legal battle over patents, and payments. Now, Qualcomm says that Apple still allegedly owes back payments for using its patents amounting to $7 million.

The chip designer told a federal court in the US this past week, that Apple is $7 million behind in its royalty payments. It’s by far not a binding claim on Apple; given how long the case has been going on it would be up to a court to decide just how much the iPhone maker owes Qualcomm. And for that to happen, they first have to reach a consensus on the existing case.

The feud was sparked early 2017, when Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm, claiming they were abusing their patent to charge excess royalties. Supposedly, they were charging companies once for actual royalties, and then once more when the chips were put into iPhones. They said they’re royalty payments to Qualcomm were five times higher than the rest of their payments to make an iPhone combined.

For its own part, Qualcomm has insisted its charges are legal, and has countersued Apple, accusing them of passing trade secrets to Intel. They’ve also said Apple has continued to use their technology without paying up. And given how much money is on the line here, it’s very possible this battle could continue for another year at the very least.

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