A jury on Thursday decided that Apple violated all three Qualcomm patents the tech giants have been arguing over in a San Diego trial. Qualcomm, who filed the suit in July 2017, said Apple used the technologies without its permission in some versions of its popular iPhones. One patent allows a smartphone to quickly connect to the internet once the device is turned on. Another deals with graphics processing and battery life. The third lets apps on your phone download data more easily by directing traffic between the apps processor and the modem. In all, Apple owes Qualcomm more than $31 million, the jury said. The jury also struck down an argument by Apple that one of its then-employees contributed to the boot-up patent, and should have been named as an inventor. That would have meant the patent was invalid and unable to be infringed. That $31 million is just a drop in the bucket for Apple — which briefly became a $1 trillion company last year — but a victory for Qualcomm helps to brandish its reputation as a mobile components innovator and lend credibility to the idea that much of those innovations went into iPhones. It also sets the stage for a highly-anticipated trial between the two companies scheduled for next month in San Diego. The dispute, over Qualcomm’s patent royalties with Apple, is worth billions of dollars and will be a crescendo in the tech giants’ wide-ranging legal saga. The clash between Apple and Qualcomm began two years ago,… [Read full story]
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